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EXPLAINER: California making plans to give COVID-19 boosters

Sep. 23, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California is preparing to administer third “booster” vaccine shots against COVID-19 for older people and immunocompromised adults as well as initial shots for students under 12 once the federal government approves them for children. On Thursday, state officials...

RI may soon administer more COVID-19 booster shots

Sep. 23, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — More Rhode Islanders may soon be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, officials said Thursday at a meeting of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Subcommittee. The subcommittee voted in support of the state Department of Health moving ahead...

FDA backs Pfizer COVID-19 boosters for seniors, high-risk

Sep. 22, 2021 22:21 PM EDT

The U.S. moved a step closer Wednesday to offering booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to senior citizens and others at high risk from the virus as the Food and Drug Administration signed off on the targeted use of extra shots. The FDA authorized booster doses...

Official: Pennsylvania 'well prepared' for vaccine boosters

Sep. 21, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s network of vaccine providers is ready to deliver booster shots of the coronavirus vaccine as soon as federal authorities sign off, the state’s top health official said Tuesday. More than 2,000 providers have COVID-19 vaccine...

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine works in kids ages 5 to 11

Sep. 20, 2021 22:50 PM EDT

Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon — a key step toward beginning vaccinations for youngsters. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech already is...

Top doctors say not so fast to Biden's boosters-for-all plan

Sep. 18, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just one month ago, President Joe Biden and his health advisers announced big plans to soon deliver a booster shot of the coronavirus vaccine to all Americans. But after campaigning for the White House on a pledge to “follow the science,” Biden found himself...

US panel backs COVID-19 boosters only for seniors, high-risk

Sep. 17, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dealing the White House a stinging setback, a government advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan Friday to give Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots across the board, and instead endorsed the extra vaccine dose only for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe...

FDA strikes cautious tone ahead of vaccine booster meeting

Sep. 15, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Influential government advisers will debate Friday if there's enough proof that a booster dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective — the first step toward deciding which Americans need one and when. The Food and Drug Administration on...

Latest: Australia's capital extends lockdown until Oct. 15

Sep. 13, 2021 23:07 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s capital city of Canberra will remain locked down for a second month after the local government reported 22 new coronavirus infections. The Australian Capital Territory locked down Aug. 12 after a single case linked to a Sydney...

FDA experts among group opposing US booster shot plan

Sep. 13, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

The average person doesn’t need a COVID-19 booster yet, an international group of scientists — including two top U.S. regulators — wrote Monday in a scientific journal. The experts reviewed studies of the vaccines' performance and concluded the shots are working...