Covid vaccine boosters are now available. Here’s who’s eligible for Pfizer, Moderna and J&J’s shots

A patient receives their coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine booster during a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination clinic in Southfield, Michigan, U.S., September 29, 2021. Emily Elconin | Reuters Nearly 100 million people nationwide are immediately eligible to receive Covid booster shots after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized extra doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson‘s …

Without firm school mask mandate deadlines, ‘we can sleepwalk into indefinite masking,’ says Harvard professor

Harvard University associate professor Dr. Joseph Allen argued in favor of pulling back on masking children in schools, especially as U.S. drug regulators are set to authorize the Covid-19 vaccine to kids ages 5 to 11. “We have to be careful that, if we don’t set firm deadlines, it’s easy to see how we can …

FDA clears Moderna and J&J Covid boosters, allows ‘mix and match’ shots

The Food and Drug Administration Wednesday night authorized booster shots of both Johnson & Johnson and Moderna’s Covid vaccines, another critical step in distributing extra doses to tens of millions of people. At the same time, U.S. regulators also authorized “mixing and matching” vaccines, allowing Americans to get a booster shot that’s a different vaccine …

White House announces plan to distribute Covid vaccine to kids age 5 to 11 as soon as it’s authorized

Thomas Lo (15) receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Northwell Health’s Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York, May 13, 2021. Shannon Stapleton | Reuters The White House on Wednesday outlined its plan to distribute doses of Pfizer and BioNTech‘s Covid-19 vaccines to kids ages …

How rising UK Covid cases could be ‘a compelling argument for boosters’

Former Obama White House policy director Dr. Kavita Patel explained why the surging number of Covid cases in the United Kingdom could be a compelling argument for booster shots.  “What’s happening is … this real world experiment where the efficacy of AstraZeneca is decreasing, and they haven’t rolled out their boosters,” Patel said during a …

Colin Powell was vaccinated against Covid, but suffered from a cancer that makes the shots less effective

Colin Powell, 84, died Monday morning due to complications from Covid-19 even though he was fully vaccinated, his family said in a statement. The former secretary of State’s death has led some to ask why they should bother getting vaccinated when there is still a chance they could get severely ill or die. Health experts …

FDA panel unanimously recommends Moderna Covid booster shots for at-risk adults

A key Food and Drug Administration advisory committee unanimously recommended Thursday giving booster shots of Moderna‘s Covid-19 vaccine to people age 65 and older and other vulnerable Americans, a crucial step before the U.S. can start administering third shots to some of the more than 69 million people who originally received that vaccine. The nonbinding …

More Americans are getting Covid vaccine boosters than first doses in rush for third shots

Germaine T. Leftwich, 67, receives a Pfizer covid-19 vaccine booster shot from Dr. Tiffany Taliaferro at the Safeway on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Monday, October 4, 2021. Tom Williams | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images More Americans are getting third Covid shots than first vaccine doses as people who completed their two-dose …

Watch live: FDA advisory panel to vote on Moderna Covid booster shots

[The stream is slated to start at 8:30 a.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] A key Food and Drug Administration panel is holding a meeting Thursday to discuss and vote on the use of booster shots of Moderna‘s Covid-19 vaccine. Depending on how the …

People in Israel and Bahrain are losing their vaccination status for not taking boosters

A paramedic with Israel’s Magen David Adom medical service administers the third shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on August 24, 2021 in Holon. Ahmad Gharabli | AFP | Getty Images Israel and Bahrain want eligible residents to take their Covid booster shots — and those who don’t do so risk losing their fully-vaccinated status, …