On Monday evening, the CDC updates its booster shot guidelines, now encouraging all adults in getting inoculated for the third time.
Due to fresh fears sparked by the highly infectious Omicron variant, the Centres for Disease Control updated its booster shot advisory, now saying that every US adult should now get the extra shot.
What was earlier encouraged among those aged 50 and older and those 18 and above in long-term care, is now a must for every adult in the United States due to the Omicron variant. The CDC now says that everyone over 18 “should” get the boosters. The agency said adults should seek booster shots six months after their second dose of the Moderna and Pfizer jabs or two months after the Johnson & Johnson shot.
“Today, CDC is strengthening its recommendation on booster doses for individuals who are 18 years and older,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement. “The recent emergence of the Omicron variant further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19,” she said.
In New York, Dr. Dave Chokshi said a new advisory “strongly” recommends New Yorkers wear face masks in all public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status and previous COVID infection, although the city has not legally mandated it — yet. De Blasio said that they considered that option, but said they want to “keep the focus on vaccination.”