The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday expanded their recommendation for COVID-19 booster shots for all adults as the new omicron variant is being discovered in more countries.
The agency previously approved boosters for all adults, but only recommended them for those over 50 or living in long-term care settings.
CDC director Dr Rochelle Walenski said the new leadership reflects the emergence of a variant of the omicron that has not yet been identified in the US, but which officials say will inevitably make its way to the country.
“All people age 18 and older should get a booster shot either 6 months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 2 months after their initial J&J vaccine,” she said in a statement.
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Walenski also urged Americans who are not feeling well to seek a test for COVID-19, saying “intensified testing will help us quickly identify Omicron.”