Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, has recommended booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for all adults aged 18 years or older.
She also specifically urged all adults aged 50 years or older to get a booster dose.
The CDC director’s action came Friday — the same day the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the emergency use authorization for both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to allow booster doses for all adults.
The single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine already had been authorized for a second dose for all adults.
“All adults are now eligible for COVID-19 booster shots. After thorough review of the data, we are following the science, which shows boosters can help increase people’s protection from COVID-19 and help us reduce infections and severe outcomes. This is especially important ahead of the winter months, where we all spend more time indoors," said the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, JD.