CDC approves booster shots for at-risk groups

People 65 and older and those with underlying medical conditions are eligible to get a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention got the go-ahead Thursday to approve booster shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

An advisory panel voted unanimously to approve booster shots for people age 65 and older. The panel was split on boosters for younger people, but still approved a third shot for people 18 to 64 with underlying medical conditions.

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The CDC is expected to adopt the recommendations by the end of the week. Already, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of booster shots for similar groups.

Meanwhile, Meijer has announced it will begin providing booster shots to eligible residents. The chain store plans to send text messages in the coming days to those who received their first doses from them.


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