White House Urges COVID-19 Booster Shots Again, Citing Effectiveness

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Whether it is the bivalent vaccine from Pfizer or from Moderna, the latest COVID-19 booster shots offer more protection against symptomatic infection, public health officials reiterated at a White House briefing on Tuesday. However, since the vaccines debuted in September, only 13 percent of American adults have gotten the updated boosters, which target both the original COVID-19 strain and the BA.5 version of the omicron variant.

The White House says it is planning a six-week campaign to encourage boosters, especially for seniors, the Associated Press reported. The government authorized the boosters before they knew that they would be effective -- but now the data are in, showing that they do work well at preventing severe illness, officials said.

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