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What to Know About Booster Shots, Now

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25.09.2021

This week, federal agencies signed off on making booster shots available to tens of millions of Americans who have received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine, including anyone who is 65 and older. States have already begun rolling out the third doses, though there are concerns that the public will be confused about who can receive the boosters and whether or not they should, following mixed messages from the Biden administration and scientists. Below is what we know about the booster rollout, who is eligible, and what’s next.

Per U.S. regulators, the following groups are now eligible for booster shots, provided they were fully vaccinated with the two-dose Pfizer COVID vaccine at least six months ago:

“The majority of Americans who were fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine are now able to receive the booster shot six months after they’ve received their second shot,” President Biden said during White House remarks on Friday. He said that 20 million people now fall under that category, which will rise to over 60 million in the next few months.

Nationally, up to 12.6% of those who are fully vaccinated are currently eligible for a booster — however this varies by state as well. Up to 20% of fully vaccinated West Virginians are now eligible, due to the state's aggressive rollout in nursing homes. pic.twitter.com/Y9sWhjhr1z

Booster shots are expected to be available at the same places COVID vaccines are now being administered: retail pharmacies (including Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Meijer, and Hy-Vee), doctor’s offices, and small vaccine clinics.

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