Millions of Americans now eligible for COVID-19 boosters
This week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) signed off on booster doses of all three COVID-19 vaccines currently in use in the United States.
As of today, White House officials said 70 million Americans are eligible for a booster and more than 120 million Americans will be eligible in the coming weeks, or 2 out of 3 vaccinated people in the United States.
Eligible Americans can choose any booster they want, either sticking with the vaccine used in their primary series or mixing and matching, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, said today during a White House press briefing.
“But we can’t boost our way out of the pandemic,” Walensky said, emphasizing that more than 64 million Americans are still unvaccinated and at risk from COVID-19 infections.
Currently anyone who received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than 2 months ago can be boosted. People over 65 who completed an mRNA series more than 6 months ago, or are 18 and older with an underlying medical condition or working or living in an environment that puts them at high risk for infection, can also get a booster.