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American Adults Eligible For Booster Shots

After getting vaccinated fully against the Covid-19 virus, you are probably eligible for a Covid- 19 booster shot.

After countless debates each month regarding the eligibility criteria for booster shots, an analysis has finally shown that at least eighty-nine percent of vaccinated American adults can get the booster doses. 

American Adults Eligible For Booster Shots

But after a significant amount of time has passed since their last original shot, they can get the booster shots.

It can also surprise many Americans who think that the doses would only be made available to the elderly or those who are seriously ill.

American Adults Eligible For Booster Shots

The analysis has also been taken aback by some of the government vaccine advisors. Dr. William Schaffner, a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, stated that the number of eligible people has come out to be even more than he thought. 

According to him, the analysis would have qualified only fifty percent people on an approximate value for the Covid-19 booster shots.

The Computational Epidemiology Lab analyzed the eligibility criteria for the people at Boston Children’s Hospital, affiliated with the Harvard Medical School. 

The same group also powers Vaccines.gov. Once adults complete six months after their last vaccine shot of Pfizer or Moderna, they can be declared eligible to get the booster doses. But they should also be above the age of sixty-five, or those at severe risk due to Covid-19.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines regarding the people considered under the category of severe risk due to Covid-19. These people include certain job workers, such as health care officials and teachers, anyone who is overweight, or suffering from depression, et cetera.

According to data from CDC, approximately seventy-five percent of people in America, who are above the age of twenty, fall under the category of being overweight. The epidemiology concluded that at least eighty-nine percent of vaccinated adults are eligible for booster shots after a significant amount of time passes since their last vaccine dose.

Dr. William Schaffner stated that although this high percentage came as a surprise, it was not essentially wrong. Over the past six weeks, during the vaccine advisers’ meetings, discussions took place regarding the eligibility of people for Covid-19, but every medical condition didn’t get mentioned at that time. 

He explained that his team did not think of diseases such as being overweight or depression that affect many people in America. 

Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, stated that the people and his colleagues were primarily focused on the main underlying conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, et cetera. He felt like there had been a “booster creep,” but he did not think it was wrong. He stated that it was better to immunize over than to under immunize the people.

According to an agency spokesperson named Kristen Nordlund, being overweight has been a high-risk condition since March on the CDC’s list.

President Joe Biden had announced that “every adult” would receive the booster shot from the starting week of September 20. He had made this announcement on August 18, before the FDA had authorized the first booster.

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