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CDC Advises COVID-19 Vaccination for Everyone Over Six Months Old This Fall

CDC Advises COVID-19 Vaccination for Everyone Over Six Months Old This Fall: No Longer Free



 

CDC Advises COVID-19 Vaccination for Everyone Over Six Months Old This Fall: No Longer Free

On Sep 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that everyone aged six months and older should receive at least one dose of the updated COVID-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer or Moderna this fall.

The relevant vaccines are set to be shipped nationwide this week, with some areas able to receive them within 48 hours.

 

CDC Advises COVID-19 Vaccination for Everyone Over Six Months Old This Fall: No Longer Free

 

 

According to reports from NBC and The Wall Street Journal, CDC Director Mandy Cohen announced this nationwide vaccination recommendation, which was earlier endorsed by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Cohen stated, “We now have more tools than ever before to prevent the worst outcomes of COVID-19. The CDC now advises that everyone aged six months and older receive the updated vaccine for better protection of yourself and your loved ones.”

As COVID-19 cases surged at the end of summer, Pfizer and Moderna also introduced updated vaccines. For the week ending on September 2nd, there were 18,871 hospitalizations due to COVID-19, an 8.7% increase from the previous week. However, this number is still significantly lower than the 34,546 hospitalizations during the same week in 2022. The new vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna target the omicron subvariant XBB.1.5, which is closely related to more than 90% of the currently circulating COVID-19 cases, according to the CDC.

Members of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices also believe that children aged six months to four years who have never been vaccinated and other immunocompromised groups may require booster shots.

The CDC’s recommendations apply only to the latest COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, which received FDA approval on the 11th. The FDA is still reviewing data from another vaccine manufacturer, Novavax.

This marks the first time since the end of the national public health emergency in May that COVID-19 vaccinations are no longer universally free. Moderna has set the price of its new vaccine at $129 per dose, while Pfizer’s vaccine is priced at $115 per dose. However, most individuals can still access the vaccine at very low or no cost through health insurance.

The CDC has also devised a plan to provide vaccines for uninsured individuals at no cost through some chain pharmacies, medical centers, and pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens, and eTrueNorth. More information about this plan will be available on the government website vaccines.gov later this week.

 

 

CDC Advises COVID-19 Vaccination for Everyone Over Six Months Old This Fall: No Longer Free

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