Covid-19 vaccine booster shots to kick off for general population in one month, NIH, CDC and FDA say in joint statement
A joint statement from the top public health leaders in the federal government on Wednesday indicated that a third round of booster shots for all Americans will begin the week of Sept. 20, and start 8 months after an individual’s second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
“Based on our latest assessment, the current protection against severe disease, hospitalization, and death could diminish in the months ahead, especially among those who are at higher risk or were vaccinated during the earlier phases of the vaccination rollout. For that reason, we conclude that a booster shot will be needed to maximize vaccine-induced protection and prolong its durability,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky, FDA acting commissioner Janet Woodcock, NIH director Francis Collins, and NIAID director Anthony Fauci, said in a statement.
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