Amidst the rising count of coronavirus infections, it has been reported that the United States may, very soon authorize a third booster shot for the COVID vaccine.

With the aim of encouraging vaccinated people into getting booster shots to gain longer-lasting protection as the delta variant sends infections soaring again, the US may grant a green flag to the booster shot as early as this week.

Source: NY Times (Jack Guez/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)

According to two officials close to the matter who chose to stay anonymous, the shots will be administered to all eligible Americans eight months after they get their second shot. Just last week, U.S. health officials recommended boosters for some people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients and organ transplant recipients.

On July Fourth, President Joe Biden proclaimed that the nation was declaring its independence from the virus. But since then, infections, hospitalizations, and deaths have increased nationwide, overloading emergency rooms across parts of the South and West. This is what fuelled the need for a booster shot, which has started being administered to Israeli citizens.

As it stands, Booster shots would only begin to be administered widely once the Food and Drug Administration formally approves the vaccines, which are being dispensed under emergency use authorization. Full approval of the Pfizer shot is expected in the coming weeks.

Once the booster shot is approved, the first to receive them could be health care workers, nursing home residents, and other older Americans, who were some of the first to be vaccinated once the shots were authorized last December.

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