Boosters to come in the U.S.

Today, in a joint statement, US health officials announced that booster doses of Covid-19 vaccines Moderna and Pfizer will be offered this fall, subject to authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the go ahead from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We are prepared to offer booster shots for all Americans beginning the week of September 20 and starting 8 months after an individual’s second dose,” US health officials, including CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky and FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock, said in the statement.

“At that time, the individuals who were fully vaccinated earliest in the vaccination rollout, including many health care providers, nursing home residents, and other seniors, will likely be eligible for a booster. We would also begin efforts to deliver booster shots directly to residents of long-term care facilities at that time, given the distribution of vaccines to this population early in the vaccine rollout and the continued increased risk that COVID-19 poses to them,” the statement said.