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FDA Panel Recommends Booster Shots for Those 65 and Over, But Not Everyone

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On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine expert panel — known as the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee or VRBPAC — voted to recommend that a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine be administered to people aged 65 and over as well as anyone at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19. The panel did not, however, recommend that a booster be given to everyone 16 and older. Pfizer had applied for authorization to administer the third dose of the company’s messenger RNA vaccine to any healthy American aged 16 and up six months after they had received their second dose. The Biden administration has also been pushing the strategy of boosters for all and planned to start rolling them out next week — but that plan now faces an uncertain fate.

The panel also agreed that boosters should be made available to Americans who are at higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 because of their professions, like health-care........

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