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Millions more eligible for 3rd Pfizer shot after Covid booster window shortened

The FDA to allow recipients of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to get a booster dose after 5 months, instead of 6 months.
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Army National Guard Sgt. Noah Thomas taps bubble out of a syringe of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Salem Health Covid-19 vaccination clinic at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. on Feb. 5, 2021.Brian Hayes / Statesman Journal/ Imagn

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Almost 6 million more people will be eligible for a booster shot following Monday’s decision from the Food and Drug Administration to shorten the wait time for those who received Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine.

The 53.6 million people who completed their Pfizer series are eligible during the new window, up 5.7 million from those who got their second shot before August, according to an analysis of vaccine data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Previously, those who received Pfizer shots had to wait six months after their second shot to get a booster. Now they only have to wait five months. The FDA on Monday also authorized a vaccine booster for children ages 12-15.

According to CDC data, more than 87 million people, 12 and older, completed a Pfizer series since August, and more than a third have already received a booster dose.