NYC offers booster shots to any eligible adult
In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, New York City is now allowing any adult, including commuters from the Hudson Valley, who wants a COVID-19 booster shot to get one.
The move comes as three states have already authorized the same offer, attempting to avoid a surge around the holidays.
Many medical professionals agree with expanding the booster, especially as New York City sees an increase in cases. The weekly average of cases is up 13% compared to the prior four weeks. "I think it’s time for the booster to be available we know that after five months the immunity definitely weighs I think the sooner we can get people the shot the better," says Dr. Mangala Narasimhan, VP of Critical Care Services Northwell Health.
Eligible people include those 18 and older and it has been at least 6 months since a Moderna or Pfizer dose or at least 2 months since a Johnson & Johnson dose.
The FDA and CDC have yet to authorize boosters for all adults but that could come as soon as next week. "I think the more, the better. And I hope as many people as possible get it. I know I'm looking forward to getting it soon as well," says Rich Federbusch, of Ardsley.