All vaccinated adults may soon be eligible for a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot: NPR

A healthcare professional fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

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A healthcare professional fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

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Individuals 18 years of age or older who are already considered fully vaccinated may soon be eligible for a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce later this week that they will grant emergency use permission for all adults to receive Pfizer booster shots.

In September, Pfizer was given permission to provide boostershots to anyone 65 or older. It also approved boosters for people aged 18 and over who had some reason to believe they were at risk of serious illness, either because of their job or because of some health condition.

Earlier this month, Pfizer indicated it was trying to extend this authorization to all 18-year-olds and older, based on data from a clinical trial showing that a booster improved the vaccine’s efficacy for all adults. The FDA appears to be convinced by the company’s data that a booster should be valuable to all adults.

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