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CDC recommends updated COVID-19 boosters as Oklahoma hospitalizations rise

A health care worker fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Lynne Sladky
A health care worker fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The CDC recommended Tuesday that everyone six months and older get a round of one of the newly FDA-approved COVID-19 boosters. The vaccine is said to protect against worrisome new variants.

Millions of updated Pfizer and Moderna shots are coming to pharmacies, clinics and health systems nationwide as COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise. According to data from the CDC, Oklahoma’s new COVID-19 hospital admissions for the last week of August increased by more than 50% in the following week, which is from 130 to 199 people.

People five years and older are eligible for a single dose at least two months after their last dose of any COVID-19 vaccine. Children younger than five are eligible for one or two doses of an updated vaccine, depending on their COVID-19 vaccination history.

The FDA said in a press release it is confident in the safety and effectiveness of these updated vaccines. The new vaccines should be available by the end of the week.

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Jillian Taylor reports on health and related topics for StateImpact Oklahoma.
StateImpact Oklahoma reports on education, health, environment, and the intersection of government and everyday Oklahomans. It's a reporting project and collaboration of KGOU, KOSU, KWGS and KCCU, with broadcasts heard on NPR Member stations.
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