CDC signs off on additional Covid-19 booster doses for certain people

The CDC has updated its recommendations on Covid-19 vaccines to allow another booster dose for people who are 65 and older or those who have weakened immune systems and “want the option of added protection.” The move aligns with the FDA’s actions this week to allow these groups to get additional booster doses ahead of its fall vaccination campaign.

The CDC now recommends the updated vaccines for everyone 6 and older, even if they didn’t finish the two-dose series of the original shots. However, only about 17% of eligible Americans — fewer than 1 in 5 — have gotten a recommended booster dose.

The FDA says it intends to make decisions about future vaccinations for most Americans in June.