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  • Utah Gov. Spencer Cox (R) announced on Thursday his state is opening COVID-19 vaccine boosters to all adults, adding to a growing number of states taking action ahead of federal authorization.
  • COVID-19 boosters are currently authorized for adults 65 and over and to younger adults who are considered to be at a high risk of infection.
  • Vaccine maker Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech submitted a request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Nov. 9 to open their COVID-19 booster to all adults.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox (R) announced on Thursday his state is opening COVID-19 vaccine boosters to all adults, adding to a growing number of states taking action ahead of federal authorization. 

Cox told reporters at his monthly news conference the booster will be available to adults ages 18 and older six months after their second dose of either Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccine, or two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“The whole booster discussion has been very confusing to most people,” Cox said.“We just want to make it very simple.”

Utah joined Massachusetts on Thursday, following a string of other states opening access, including Minnesota, Maine, Kansas on Wednesday, and California, New Mexico, Arkansas, West Virginia and Colorado last week. New York City has also expanded booster eligibility to adult residents. 

State’s are expanding booster access as COVID-19 cases rise throughout the U.S. Data compiled by the New York Times shows a 23 percent increase in new daily cases over the past 14 days. The nation was averaging more than 88,000 cases per day as of Nov. 17. 

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COVID-19 boosters are currently authorized for adults 65 and over and to younger adults who are considered to be at a high risk of infection.

Vaccine maker Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech submitted a request to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  Nov. 9 to open their COVID-19 booster to all adults 18 and older.

Close to 59 percent of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data shows, and slightly more than 16 percent have received a booster dose.

The CDC authorized the company’s vaccine for use in children ages 5 to 15 in October, expanding vaccine coverage to 28 million kids across the U.S.


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Published on Nov 18, 2021