Friday, September 29, 2023

CDC: One Covid-19 Booster Enough For Now


The Centers for Disease Control appears to be moving the nation's Covid-19 strategy towards a single annual booster.  According to new guidance issued this week, the "CDC recommends one updated COVID-19 booster dose: For everyone aged 5 years and older, and For children aged 6 months–4 years who completed the Moderna primary series."

"The bottom line is that there is some waning of protection for those who got boosters more than six months ago and haven't had an intervening infection," Bob Wachter, MD, UCSF's chair of medicine, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "But the level of protection versus severe infection continues to be fairly high, good enough that people who aren't at super high risk are probably fine waiting until a new booster comes out in the fall."



Only 16.4 percent of those eligible to receive the latest booster have, according to the report.



On March 28, the World Health Organization also updated its COVID-19 vaccination guidelines, recommending booster shots for older and high-risk groups, but suggesting healthy children and adolescents may not need the shot.



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