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FDA Authorizes Pfizer, Moderna Boosters for all Adults

Officials hope the signoff injects new urgency into the vaccines' value

Federal regulators on Friday authorized Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus vaccine boosters for all adults, a one-size-fits-all strategy designed to shore up Americans’ defenses against a tenacious virus and reduce confusion over guidelines that have varied based on people’s age, occupation and where they live.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the boosters for people 18 and older who are at least six months past their second shot of the two-dose vaccines. The move reflects an urgent effort to encourage millions of Americans to get the boosters to bolster waning immunity heading into the winter holiday season when millions will travel to see friends and family. It’s also an attempt to put in place a coherent federal approach as about a dozen states move ahead on their own to grant broad access to boosters.

"I have heard from I don't know how many states, 'everything is confusing here, can you make it simpler?'" said Peter Marks, director of the FDA center that regulates vaccines. "I think this is pretty simple now: If you are over 18, and you have been vaccinated … it is time to go get a booster. Doesn't matter which one you get, go get a booster.

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