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A boost in protection is needed to offset the persistent disparities in the toll of COVID between racial and ethnic groups.
The vaccines tend to prevent infection for only a few months, but they offer longer protection against hospitalization and death.
Updated coronavirus vaccine is recommended for all adults and children ages 6 months and older.
People at lower risk may not need an updated booster, but without a CDC recommendation, insurance companies wouldn’t have to cover it.
People ages 6 months and older are eligible for new Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech boosters targeting XBB.1.5 omicron variant.
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Antibodies crossed the placenta, likely conferring some protection for newborns immediately after birth.
New office will take over the duties of the current White House COVID-19 and mpox response teams.
The program, launching this fall, will help uninsured people and those whose insurance does not cover free vaccines.
The share of kindergartners receiving the usual round of required vaccines dropped in the 2021-2022 school year.
A booster targeting Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant produced a broader immune response than one targeting variants similar to original strain.
People 65 and older and immunocompromised people can get a second bivalent booster; most unvaccinated people now need only one initial shot.
People without insurance will need to either pay full price, seek free or low-cost vaccines from community clinics or go without.
Increased protection against hospitalization or death was seen regardless of age or history of previous boosters.
Monoclonal antibodies used to prevent COVID-19 in immunocompromised people aren’t active against new virus variants.
While regular boosters may help keep vulnerable people out of the hospital, annual boosters might not be necessary for everyone.
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