CDC releases recommendations on authorized Pfizer booster shots

PIERRE, S.D. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released it’s recommendations on Friday authorizing the use of Pfizer-BioNTech third booster doses for certain populations.

It will also include high-risk workers and residents in institutional settings. This follows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of booster shots for a limited segment of the population earlier this week.

“We’re working with healthcare providers and pharmacies across the state to ensure an efficient and convenient process for South Dakotans to get their booster shot, another tool against COVID-19, and a quicker path out of this pandemic,” said South Dakota Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon.“It’s important that patients talk to their doctors to determine if a booster shot is right for them.”

Those who qualify for the Pfizer-BioNTech booster vaccine include:

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.
  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

Like the initial round of COVID-19 vaccines, booster shots are FREE of charge to all qualifying Americans (including those over the age of 12), and no medical insurance is necessary.

A decision on booster shots for those who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine is expected in the next few weeks.

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