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US authorises Covid-19 booster vaccines for all over-18s

The United States has authorised booster Covid-19 vaccines for everyone over the age of 18.

Boosters were previously only available to the immune-compromised, over-65s and people at high risk of severe disease.

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The booster vaccines will be mRNA vaccines – Pfizer or Moderna.

FDA commissioner Janet Woodcock said: “This helps to provide continued protection against Covid-19, including the serious consequences that can occur, such as hospitalisation and death.”

The FDA said it based its decision on strong immune response data from hundreds of people.

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The booster vaccines will be administered to people six months after completing their primary series.

IMAGE – “201214-D-BN624-0811” (CC BY 2.0) by U.S. Secretary of Defense

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