CDC recommends updated covid shots, paving the way for vaccine this week

– The CDC recommends that all individuals aged 6 months and older receive an updated coronavirus shot.

The recommendation follows expert advice from the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices 

– which voted 13-1 in favor of universal vaccination.

– The updated vaccines aim to provide enhanced protection against COVID-19 variants, especially the omicron subvariant XBB.1.5.

– These vaccines are expected to be administered by clinicians, pharmacies, and other providers shortly after the CDC's recommendation.

– The CDC suggests a single dose of the updated vaccine for everyone aged 5 and older, regardless of prior vaccination.

– Children aged 6 months to 4 years who haven't received a COVID-19 vaccine should receive a primary series of two Moderna doses or three Pfizer-BioNTech doses.

– Moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals should receive three doses of the updated vaccine.

The CDC advises a waiting period of two months for those recently vaccinated and three months