Nov. 22, 2021 -- Reacting to the CDC’s expansion of the COVID-19 vaccine program, the nation’s two largest pharmacies, CVS and Walgreens, announced they are now offering booster shots to fully vaccinated people over the age of 18.

In an online statement, CVS said that nearly 10,000 pharmacy locations in the U.S. are taking appointments to administer the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna booster dose to people over 18.

Walgreens said 9,000 pharmacies are now offering the Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson boosters to that age group.

“Expanding eligibility for booster doses provides yet another tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially at a time when many people are gathering for the holidays,” Kevin Ban, M.D., chief medical officer for Walgreens, said in the company’s online announcement.

People should get the Pfizer and Moderna boosters six months after receiving a second dose and the J&J booster two months after the first shot.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that everyone over the age of 18 should be allowed to receive a booster of their COVID-19 vaccines. Previously, boosters were recommended for people 65 and older and younger people who have underlying health conditions or work in high-risk situations.

Children 5-17 can receive the Pfizer vaccine but the government has not authorized boosters for that age group yet.

The CDC says that around 33.5 million people in the United States have received a booster dose of vaccine. That’s about 17.1% of the fully vaccinated population.

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CVS. "CVS Health announces availability of COVID-19 booster dose for all adults ages 18 years and older"

Walgreens. “Walgreens Now Providing All COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters for Individuals Ages 18 and Older”

The Centers for Disease Control: “CDC Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots to Aall Adults”

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