COVID boosters on the horizon

Roll out of booster shots in Michigan expected to be faster, smoother than the initial vaccines.

It is looking more and more likely that everyone who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 will need to get a booster shot in the coming months.

The White House on Wednesday announced that booster shots will be made available beginning September 20. The Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve the use of boosters. So far, booster shots are only being suggested for people who received one of the two-dose vaccines.

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At the moment there is no formal plan for rolling out booster shots in Michigan. When the vaccines were first approved last year, low supplies meant that the first shots were reserved for people most at risk – especially the elderly and immunocompromised.

The application of booster shots is likely to follow a similar pattern, with health care workers and residents of nursing homes getting first crack at the extra doses.

However, this time around there isn’t a problem with vaccine supplies. There are so many available that thousands of doses are on the verge of expiring. The ready availability should make booster shots more available to more people more quickly.

So should the timeline. Health experts are calling for people to get their boosters eight months after they received their first shots. That should spread out their application, avoiding a rush on vaccine providers.

[Bridge Michigan, MLive]

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