Biden says U.S. health officials are considering Covid booster injections within 5 months

Biden says U.S. health officials are considering Covid booster injections within 5 months

US President Joe Biden meets with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Oval Office of the White House August 27, 2021 in Washington, DC.

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President Joe Biden said U.S. regulators are considering giving COVID-19 booster shots to people five months after completing their primary vaccinations, extending the schedule for a third injection by nearly three months.

Biden, speaking to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett of the State of Israel on Friday, said health officials plan to follow Israel’s lead on the recall.

“We are reviewing the advice you gave that we should start earlier,” Biden said, adding that officials are debating whether the deadline should be shortened. “Whether it should be as short as five months and more is under discussion.”

Approval of the booster shots expected around Labor Day as federal health officials have time to review data from other countries and vaccine manufacturers indicating the effectiveness of the booster dose six months after the previous dose.

Distribution of the booster shots after approval from the Food and Drug Administration and a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to begin on September 20. The Biden administration and the vaccine makers have indicated that there should be a sufficient dose for any fully vaccinated adult taking a third dose. .

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