FDA permits COVID-19 booster shots for all U.S. adults

All fully vaccinated American adults are OK to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, the Food and Drug Administration authorized on Friday.

Before Friday's authorization, the third dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines had been permitted for people 65 and older and to anyone 18 years and older who is at elevated risk of contracting COVID-19.

Now, the FDA has determined that the currently available data supports expanding the eligibility of a single booster dose of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to all individuals 18 years of age and older at least six months after completion of the primary vaccination series of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine or at least two months after completion of primary vaccination with the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine, per a press release issued Friday by the FDA.