Five things to know about FDA decision: Pfizer boosters for workers


FDA decision means Pfizer boosters for healthcare workers: 5 things to know

Health care workers are now among those eligible for a COVID-19 booster, with the US Food and Drug Administration on September 22 granting emergency use authorization to get a booster dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for Americans 65 and older, have a job that increases the risk of infection and are more susceptible to severe COVID-19.

Five things to know:

Eligible people may receive a booster dose of Pfizer at least six months after the second dose.

The FDA said the Food and Drug Administration prioritizes health care workers, teachers, daycare staff, grocery workers, and those in shelters or prisons for the homeless because of their institutional or occupational exposure to COVID-19.

(CDC) Immunization Practices Advisory Committee will hold a September 23. They will decide who falls under the category of people at high risk of severe COVID-19.

The FDA has not explicitly addressed whether millions of Americans who have received COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are eligible for boosters. The agency still needs to review the data produced by those drug manufacturers.

According to the CDC, about 22 million Americans received their second Pfizer dose at least six months ago. Nearly half of them are aged 65 or older.

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