Need another COVID-19 booster?
Need another COVID-19 booster?

Need another COVID-19 booster?

At the end of March became US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave it okay for people over 50 and certain immunocompromised individuals to receive another COVID-19 booster shot to boost the declining immunity.

That CDC says the second booster is particularly important for people 65 and older and those 50 and older with underlying medical conditions (such as obesity, hypertensionor diabetes) that increase their risk of severe COVID-19 disease.

While many public health experts welcome the decision of the federal agencies, others argue that the evidence is still too preliminary to recommend a fourth dose – equivalent to another booster of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine – in such a wide range of people.

“There is currently no clear evidence that vaccine protection against serious illness is declining significantly [enough] in adults between the ages of 60 and 79 with a normal immune system to support the need for a fourth dose, ”said Andrea Ammon, a German physician and director of the European Medicines Agency and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, in a declaration.

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