Sumary of Biden Administration Scaling Back Sept. 20 Booster Plan The Biden administration still plans to offer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots starting Sept. 20, though the rollout may differ from the initial plan.:
- 8, 2021 — The Biden administration still plans to offer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots starting Sept.
- First announced in August, the plan was to offer Pfizer and Moderna boosters to Americans 8 months after their second dose, the AP reported.
- But since then, Moderna has requested that its booster be half the dose of the original shots, and the FDA has said it needs more data from Moderna before deciding.
- Johnson also needs to submit an application to the FDA for a booster dose.
- Nursing home residents, front-line health care workers, and older adults who have the highest risk of severe disease will likely have priority, the AP reported.
- Public health officials are also reviewing the data to understand how long protection lasts after the COVID-19 vaccines, how that varies by age or health conditions, and how long immunity may last after a booster shot.
- For many other types of vaccines, booster shots are recommended about 6 months after a first dose, the AP reported.
- If a booster shot is provided too soon, the immune response may not reach optimal levels.