Advisors to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and prevention recommended COVID boosters to older Americans Thursday as well as those with chronic health conditions. This echoes a similar recommendation by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisors from early September.
CDC advisors said boosters should be offered to Americans 65 and older, nursing home residents, and those between ages 50 and 64 with underlying health conditions, according to the Associated Press. The COVID booster would be given to these individuals after six months from their last Pfizer shot.
In addition, the panel gave the option for those 18 to 49 who have chronic health conditions to receive the booster.
The panel's decision follows the FDA's official approval for boosters Wednesday evening.
According to the Associated Press, the CDC tends to follow its advisors' recommendations, with a final decision from the agency expected later on Thursday.
The boosters are only available to those who received the Pfizer vaccine.
"The government still hasn't considered boosters for those brands and has no data on whether it's safe or effective to mix-and-match and give those people a Pfizer shot," wrote the Associated Press.
"I just don't understand how later this afternoon we can say to people 65 and older you're at risk for severe illness and death, but only half of you can protect yourselves right now," said Dr. Sarah Long of Drexel University.