COVID booster shots

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FDA Clears Bivalent COVID Boosters for Kids 5 and Up

The CDC now has to sign off

(Newser) - The US on Wednesday authorized updated COVID-19 boosters for children as young as 5, seeking to expand protection ahead of an expected winter wave. Tweaked boosters rolled out for Americans 12 and older last month, doses modified to target today's most common and contagious omicron relative. While there wasn'...

Coming Soon to Americans' Arms: a New Bivalent Booster

This one also targets omicron versions BA.4 and BA.5

(Newser) - The US on Wednesday authorized its first update to COVID-19 vaccines, booster doses that target today's most common omicron strain. Shots could begin within days. The move by the FDA tweaks the recipe of shots made by Pfizer and rival Moderna. Until now, COVID-19 vaccines have targeted the original...

Wait for the Next Booster, Officials Tell Adults Under 50

Moderna, Pfizer assure government updated omicron version will be ready for fall

(Newser) - Federal health officials have decided against approving a second booster shot of the coronavirus vaccine this summer for adults under 50, because a retooled version is so close to being ready. Pfizer and Moderna have assured the government their new boosters will be rolled out no later than September, the...

Pfizer Wants FDA to OK Boosters for 5- to 11-Year-Olds

3rd dose among this set appears to offer significant antibody boost, even against omicron

(Newser) - Pfizer said Thursday it wants to expand its COVID-19 booster shots to healthy elementary-age kids. US health authorities already urge everyone 12 and older to get one booster dose for the best protection against the newest variants—and recently gave the option of a second booster to those 50 and...

FDA Authorizes Second Booster for Ages 50 and Older

CDC will weigh in next on the extra COVID shots

(Newser) - Update: The FDA on Tuesday authorized a second booster shot for people ages 50 and older, reports the Washington Post . The Pfizer or Moderna shots won't be made available until the CDC weighs in, and the agency is expected to quickly back the extra booster for those whose first...

Moderna to FDA: Authorize 4th Dose for All Adults

Drugmaker's reasoning: provide flexibility for providers to determine who needs one

(Newser) - Drugmaker Moderna asked the FDA on Thursday to authorize a fourth shot of its COVID-19 vaccine as a booster dose for all adults, the AP reports. The request is broader than rival pharmaceutical company Pfizer's request earlier this week for the regulator to approve a booster shot for all...

Yes, Pfizer Recipients Will Need 4th Dose: CEO
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Pfizer CEO Says 4th Dose 'Is Necessary'

But he's hoping company will soon have a shot that works against all variants

(Newser) - Update: Pfizer, along with its partner BioNTech, on Tuesday asked US regulators to authorize an additional COVID vaccine booster for seniors. The pharmaceutical company says data from Israel as well as an ongoing study of healthcare workers suggest those 65 and older would benefit from a fourth dose, the AP...

Studies Find No Rush for Next Booster Shot

Antibodies produced after third dose appear to do well against variants

(Newser) - It's reasonable to assume health officials will soon recommend a second booster shot of the coronavirus vaccine to maintain protection against COVID-19. Israel has made fourth shots available, per CNN . The UK plans to do so this spring for people over 75. In the US, the FDA said that...

FDA Slows Down Push for Shots to Young Kids

Also, effectiveness of boosters appears to wane after 4 months

(Newser) - Friday saw two notable developments on the vaccine front:
  • Young kids: The FDA is putting the brakes on its rush to approve Pfizer shots for children 5 and younger, reports the Wall Street Journal . At this point, it looks like April at the earliest. On Friday, the agency reversed course
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900K Americans Have Died of COVID
US COVID Death Toll
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US COVID Death Toll Approaches 1M

900,000 people have died, officials say

(Newser) - The US death toll from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is inching closer to 1 million as the Omicron variant rages throughout the world, the AP reports. More than 10% of the 900,000 Americans lost to the virus died after Dec. 12, per Reuters . “If you had told most...

Omicron-Specific Booster Trials Are Now Underway

Moderna cites 'long-term threat demonstrated by omicron's immune escape'

(Newser) - The first participant has received a shot in Moderna's Phase 2 clinical trial of an omicron-specific vaccine booster. Moderna, which made the announcement Wednesday, expects to enroll 600 adults in the US study, including some who have already received a booster shot, per Reuters . "We are reassured by...

New Data: Boosters Work Against Omicron

CDC releases real-world studies filling in the gaps on vaccine effectiveness

(Newser) - Full vaccination provides the best—and safest—protection from the delta and omicron coronavirus variants, new studies released Friday by the CDC confirm. It's the first comprehensive examination of the vaccines' effectiveness in preventing hospitalization for omicron infections, the Wall Street Journal reports. Booster shots were shown to make...

'Lot of Infections' From Omicron After 4th Dose: Trial

In preliminary study from Israel, the first of its kind, antibodies rise after 2nd booster, infections persist

(Newser) - Preliminary results are in on a clinical trial testing the efficacy of a fourth COVID shot, the world's first, and when it comes to omicron, that booster isn't doing the job researchers had hoped for. The Times of Israel reports that, in a study that began last month...

CDC Change: Give Boosters to All Over 12

New policy provides for a clearer message to parents

(Newser) - With coronavirus infections skyrocketing and schools at risk of shutting down, a panel of advisers on Wednesday urged the CDC to fight back by recommending 10 million young people receive the protection of a vaccine booster shot. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky agreed, the Washington Post reports. The change will allow...

FDA: Fine to Get Booster After Just 5 Months

It also now recommends boosters for kids 12 to 15

(Newser) - The US is expanding COVID-19 boosters as it confronts the omicron surge, with the FDA allowing extra Pfizer shots for children as young as 12. Boosters already are recommended for everyone 16 and older, and federal regulators on Monday decided they're also warranted for 12- to 15-year-olds once enough...

In England, Vaccinations Don't Pause for Christmas

Thousands receive 'jingle jabs' on holiday

(Newser) - Thousands of people across England took a few minutes of Christmas Day to line up under leaden winter skies and be vaccinated against COVID-19 as the omicron variant fuels a surge in infections across the country. The Good Health Pharmacy in north London is one of dozens of vaccination sites...

Health Care Workers Must Get Booster Shots in This State

California Gov. Gavin Newsom makes the announcement on Twitter

(Newser) - California health care workers will be required to have coronavirus booster shots to ensure that hospitals are ready to deal with a surge in cases as the more-transmissible omicron variant spreads throughout the state, the AP reports. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the order Tuesday on his personal Twitter account and...

Trump: I Got My Booster
Trump: I Got My Booster

Trump: I Got My Booster

Remark is met with some booing at event with Bill O'Reilly

(Newser) - Only about one-third of the US population has received a COVID booster shot, notes the Washington Post , but one of the recipients has a particularly high profile. Donald Trump said Sunday that he received his third shot, reports Newsweek . The reveal came during a public forum with former Fox anchor...

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Good News on Moderna Booster

Early lab results suggests third shot provides significant protection against omicron

(Newser) - Lab results from Moderna add to health officials' chorus on omicron: Get a booster. The company said Monday that preliminary results suggests a third shot of its vaccine provides significant protection against the new variant. The usual half-dose booster raised antibody levels 37-fold, while a full-dose booster—typically given to...

You'll Soon Need Not Just a Vaccine but a Booster to Get In Here

Employees will be subject to the same requirement at Met Opera

(Newser) - The Metropolitan Opera is requiring audience and employees to receive COVID-19 booster shots for entry starting Jan. 17, the AP reports. “With the news of the rapid spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant,” the Met said in an email to the company on Wednesday, “it is clear...

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