Experts to discuss making COVID boosters available to all adults

An expert advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet Friday to discuss lifting restrictions on COVID-19 booster shots and making them available to any adult who wants them.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will hear data about the safety of booster shots and whether those not at high risk for infection need one.

No new safety concerns have emerged from trials of booster shots nor from the 31 million Americans who have already received them. But there are concerns that for men under 30, who are at relatively high risk for a condition called myocarditis, the benefits of a third shot might not outweigh the chance of developing this heart muscle swelling.

Anyone who received a single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is already eligible for a booster two months after their initial dose, as are those who received the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech shots more than 6 months ago and are 65 or older, have medical conditions putting them at high risk for severe COVID-19 or at high risk for exposure to the virus through their work.

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