WASHINGTON (AP) - Pfizer and Moderna say U.S. regulators have opened up COVID-19 booster shots to all adults, letting them choose another dose of either vaccine.
The move expands the government’s booster campaign to shore up protection and get ahead of rising coronavirus cases that may worsen with the holidays.
There’s one more step: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must agree to expand Pfizer and Moderna boosters to even healthy young adults. Its scientific advisers are set to debate that on Friday.
If the CDC agrees, tens of millions more Americans could have three doses of protection ahead of the new year.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul weigned in on the news, saying in an email statement:
"Respected health experts and doctors at the Federal Drug Administration have now authorized the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 booster for all adults.
"The vaccine is safe, free and the best way to prevent the spread of this deadly virus in our communities as we head into the colder months. If you want to protect yourself and loved ones from COVID-19, get the vaccine. If you are vaccinated already, get the booster."