Eligible Americans Can Now Get COVID-19 Booster Shots

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After promising booster shots to all recipients of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, then only some, 20 million Americans are now officially eligible to receive them.
Eligible Americans Can Now Get COVID-19 Booster Shots


The delta variant of the coronavirus continues across much of the country, and many Americans who are vaccinated would like to increase their protection by getting another shot. Twenty million people are now eligible for a booster shot after a welter of scientists and government officials said that's necessary. And again, maybe not, Then maybe only for certain groups. So we turn now to NPR health policy correspondent Selena Simmons-Duffin. Good morning, Selena.


SIMON: All this back-and-forth about who should get a booster - what's the answer, ultimately, about who can right now?

SIMMONS-DUFFIN: So this only applies to certain groups of people who got the Pfizer shot more than six months ago. So those groups are anybody over age 65, certain people with underlying health conditions and anyone older than 18 in certain jobs or living in group settings. So this would apply to health and grocery store workers, people who live in homeless shelters, et cetera. So the boosters are free. They're available all over the country. You don't need a special doctor's note or anything. And because the Biden administration telegraphed that boosters were coming last month, hospitals and pharmacies say they're ready.

SIMON: It's been a busy few weeks for boosters, hasn't it?

SIMMONS-DUFFIN: Yeah, so Pfizer applied to FDA to approve boosters for everyone 16 and older, and that's what the Biden…
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