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CDC shortens waiting period for Pfizer Covid boosters to 5 months


UNITED STATES – OCTOBER 4. Hattie Pierce, 75, received a Pfizer covid-19 vaccination booster shot from Dr. Tiffany Taliaferro at Safeway Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. on Monday, Oct 4, 2021. Photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

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A booster shot can be given to people who have received BioNTech and Pfizer vaccines. It is now possible for them to get one five months after the second, which was a month earlier than previously recommended.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their recommended waiting period for those who have completed their first Pfizer vaccine series.

People who received the Moderna vaccine must still wait at least six months after their second dose before getting a booster, while people who received the Johnson & Johnson must wait at least two months after their first shot before getting a booster.

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