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Pfizer vaccine: Third dose in people over 65 years & at high risk

After weeks of wondering who would need to take an extra dose of COVID-19 vaccine and when - and with confusing advice from various government officials - the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided on the Pfizer vaccine.

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On Wednesday, FDA regulators decided to modify Pfizer-BioNTech's emergency license and allow a single additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine to be given to specific population groups. The groups are: people 65 and older, people aged 18 to 64 who are at high risk of getting serious covid-19 and people between the ages of 18 and 64 who work in areas that could put other people at serious risk. .

Although the first two groups are quite clear, the third group is less, so perhaps the service officials decided to give examples. The current FDA commissioner Janet Woodcock said the group includes, among others, employees in its field health care, teachers, day care staff, grocery store staff, people in prisons and people in homeless shelters.

The agency's decision only applies to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19. It should be noted that the booster is only a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. It is not something different from the previous doses.

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Regarding the schedule, the FDA said that booster doses can be given to individuals in these groups at least six months after taking the 2 doses and at any point in time thereafter.

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