What you need to know about COVID-19 booster shots

CARBONDALE — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have authorized COVID-19 booster shots for certain Pfizer recipients. But what exactly does that mean for individuals who received the Pfizer vaccine? Side Effects Public Media reporter Steph Whiteside spoke with Bart Hagston, the administrator of the health department […]

Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine Gets Full Approval From The FDA

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has formally approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. The widely anticipated decision replaces the emergency use authorization granted by the agency last December.Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images This is the first COVID-19 vaccine to be subject to a full review by the U.S. regulator and to get an approval […]

COVID Booster Shots Are Coming. Here’s What You Need To Know

WASHINGTON — Health officials are preparing to roll out COVID-19 booster shots in the United States this September. According to a plan announced Wednesday, all U.S. adults who received a two-dose vaccine would be eligible for an additional jab of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine eight months from when they got their second one. “These […]

COVID-19 Booster Shots Will Roll Out In September In The U.S.

Updated August 18, 2021 at 11:35 AM ET WASHINGTON — COVID-19 booster shots of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are set to become available for all U.S. adults beginning next month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement. “Based on our latest assessment, the current protection against severe disease, hospitalization, […]

The Biden Administration May Recommend COVID Boosters After 8 Months

WASHINGTON — Fully vaccinated Americans could be rolling up their sleeves for another dose of the coronavirus vaccine as soon as next month. The Biden administration is close to advising fully vaccinated Americans get COVID-19 booster shots eight months after their last vaccine. A source familiar with the discussions among administration health experts said this […]

FDA Authorizes Third COVID-19 Dose For People With Weakened Immunity

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is authorizing an additional dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for certain people with weakened immune systems caused either by disease, medical treatments or organ transplants. The move comes after studies have shown these people may not have sufficient immunity to head off the more serious complications of COVID-19 […]

FAQ: What You Need To Know About Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine And Adolescents

WASHINGTON — Teens and preteens in the U.S. have spent much of the past year distance learning. Many have missed out on birthday parties, book clubs, team sports and hanging out with groups of friends. On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration signaled that relief from all that may be nigh: Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is […]

State’s Expected Vaccine Shipments Halved For Next Two Weeks, Pritzker Says

SPRINGFIELD – The state has been advised it will receive roughly half of the shipment of COVID-19 vaccinations that it originally expected from the federal government for the next two weeks, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday. Next week’s national shipment was originally slated to include approximately 8 million vaccine doses but is now expected to […]

Illinois Receives First 43K Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine

CHICAGO — Illinois received 43,000 doses in its first shipment of a COVID-19 vaccine Monday as health officials reported another 103 coronavirus deaths statewide. Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office says most of the shots will go to local health care centers to be distributed to health care workers. The news came as health care workers nationwide […]