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CDC recommends spring COVID booster for people 65 and up

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The Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a CVS in 2023.

Enlarge / The Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a CVS in 2023. (credit: Getty | Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle )

People ages 65 and up should get another dose of a COVID-19 vaccine this spring, given the age group's higher risk of severe disease and death from the pandemic virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.

Earlier today, an advisory committee for the CDC voted overwhelmingly in favor of recommending the spring booster dose. And late this afternoon, CDC Director Mandy Cohen signed off on the recommendation, allowing boosting to begin.

"Today’s recommendation allows older adults to receive an additional dose of this season’s COVID-19 vaccine to provide added protection," Cohen said in a statement. "Most COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations last year were among people 65 years and older. An additional vaccine dose can provide added protection that may have decreased over time for those at highest risk."

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