U.S. health officials want to make COVID-19 vaccinations more like the annual flu shot – CBC

Americans would no longer track of number of shots, time between boosters

Jan 23, 2023

U.S. health officials want to make COVID-19 vaccinations more like the annual flu shot.

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed a simplified approach for future vaccination efforts, allowing most adults and children to get a once-a-year shot to protect against the mutating virus.

This means Americans would no longer have to keep track of how many shots they’ve received or how many months it’s been since their last booster.

The proposal comes as boosters have become a hard sell. While more than 80 per cent of the U.S. population has had at least one vaccine dose, only 16 per cent of those eligible have received the latest boosters authorized in August.

The FDA will ask its panel of outside vaccine experts to weigh in at a meeting Thursday. The agency is expected to take their advice into consideration while deciding future vaccine requirements for vaccine makers.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/us-covid-vaccinations-flu-shot-1.6723248

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