August 16 (Reuters) – The Biden administration plans to begin administering COVID -19 booster shots to Americans as early as mid or late September, pending authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a source familiar with the matter said. with the discussions, to Reuters late Monday.
Health officials in the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden agreed that most people should get a boost shot eight months after completing their first vaccination, the source said.
According to the New York Times, which previously reported on the development, officials plan to announce the administration’s decision as early as this week, with the first boosters likely to go to nursing home residents and health care professionals, followed by other seniors.
Last week, US regulators approved a third dose of COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and its German partners BioNTech SE (22UAy.DE) and Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) for people with compromised immune systems who are likely to be to have weaker protection against two-dose regimens. Read more
The administration’s goal is to let those who have received vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna know that they need additional protection against the Delta variant of coronavirus, NYT said.
The newspaper added that officials also expect recipients of the Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) vaccine, which was approved as a single dose, will also require an additional dose.
Reporting by Steve Holland in Washington and Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Schmollinger
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