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Adults receiving the modern COVID-19 vaccine series now only need to wait five months before receiving a booster dose, the Food and Drug Administration says. said On Friday, days after the agency shortened the period between Pfizer’s COVID-19 jabs, and as cases rose amid the spread of the Omicron variant.

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The FDA said that reducing the period between doses of Moderna to six to five months will promote weakened immunity and provide better protection against the Omicron variant for individuals 18 years of age and older.

Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in a Statement The timing update “brings stability in timing for administration of booster doses,” as the agency adjusted the duration of Pfizer vaccines earlier this week.

About 35% of people in the US have Received Booster dose according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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