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The US Will Be Making COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Doses Available Starting In September

But eligibility depends on which vaccine you received and when you received it.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Doses To Be Available In The US In September

Some Americans who are fully vaccinated will be able to access COVID-19 vaccine booster doses starting on September 20.

Officials announced on August 18 that the U.S. plans to offer third doses to fully vaccinated adults who are 18 years of age or older. They will become eligible for the booster dose eight months after receiving their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna.

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said that fully vaccinated Americans still have a "high degree of protection" against the worst outcomes of COVID-19 including severe illness, hospitalization and death but recent data shows protection against mild and moderate illness has decreased.

"This is likely due to both the waning immunity and the strength of the widespread Delta variant," he said. "Wearenotrecommendingthatyougooutandgetaboostertoday.Instead,startingtheweekofSeptember20, fullyvaccinatedadultscouldbegingettingtheirboostershots eightmonthsaftertheirsecondshotofanmRNAvaccine."

Rolling out boosters like this will ensure that people who were fully vaccinated earlier will be eligible for a third dose first, according to Murthy.

Before this announcement, both Pfizer and Moderna had said that booster doses of their vaccines would likely be needed soon. When it comes to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, American officials said they anticipate that boosterswilllikelybeneeded as well and moredata on that will be available inthecomingweeks.

For weeks now, the World Health Organization has been calling for countries to hold off on administering booster doses until at least the end of September because millions of people around the world still haven't received the first dose of a vaccine. The goal of the moratorium is to help at least 10% of the population in every country get vaccinated.

The CDC has a robust website with all the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines and can answer any questions you may have.

    Lisa Belmonte
    Trending Senior Staff Writer
    Lisa Belmonte is a Senior Staff Writer for Narcity Canada’s Trending Desk focused on government of Canada jobs and is based in Ontario.
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