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U.S. expected to recommend vaccine booster shots

A pharmacy technician loads a syringe with Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. Associated Press/Photo by Robert F. Bukaty

U.S. expected to recommend vaccine booster shots

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will propose booster shots for Americans eight months after receiving their first dose, according to sources familiar with the matter. U.S. health officials already recommended additional Pfizer and Moderna shots for people with weakened immune systems.

How will the booster help? Pfizer and BioNTech on Monday said their booster dose delivered “significantly higher neutralizing antibodies” against the original COVID-19 strain, as well as the beta and delta variants, in a phase one trial. The companies submitted their trial data to the FDA as they seek approval. The first Americans to receive the doses would likely be health workers and the elderly, who received the first COVID-19 vaccines in December.

Dig deeper: Read Leigh Jones's earlier Sift about the possible COVID-19 booster shots.

Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD’s Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University–Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria.



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I’ll get the booster when it’s available. Odds of getting covid way higher than odds of having negative effects from vaccine. I don’t understand the people that can’t see that.

Of course, if you just don’t believe ANYTHING someone in authority says, you will be convinced “they” are hiding “the truth about all the horrible things that are happening to millions of people who get the vaccine.” I don’t know about you, but I personally know MANY people who have had or currently have covid—some quite serious—but know absolutely NO ONE who has had some problem from getting the vaccine.