COVID-19 boosters: more than 1 million in NJ now eligible under new CDC rules

The state is planning to reopen three vaccination mega-sites

More than 1 million New Jersey residents are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine boosters, under new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday morning. Recommended for boosters are people over age 65 and residents of long-term care facilities plus people ages 16 to 64 with underlying medical conditions.

The new guidelines also include workers at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19, including health care staffers and teachers. In a split vote Thursday, a CDC advisory panel initially excluded such workers, but the agency’s director overruled the panel. Will other frontline workers — like grocery and restaurant employees — be added to the list?

The guidelines apply only to people who received Pfizer’s vaccine at least six months ago. Decisions on boosters for Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines are expected in coming weeks.

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