The state of Utah is encouraging all of the state’s vaccine providers to give booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to all adults.
Gov. Spencer Cox announced the policy change Thursday in his monthly news conference on KUED. It goes into effect Friday.
Health care providers have been giving booster doses for the last few weeks, though under some limitations — for people 65 or older, or adults with other underlying health conditions. Cox’s announcement opens up access, in line with new rules expected this week from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Cox said the Utah Department of Health also is asking vaccine providers to reach out proactively to patients 65 and older, to recommend they get their boosters.
“The whole booster discussion has been very confusing to most people,” Cox said. “We just want to make it very simple, especially as we’re heading into the holiday season.”
The FDA is recommending that adults get their third doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months after they received the second dose — or get a second dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months after getting their first dose.
The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said people can mix and match brands of vaccine, though many doctors recommend sticking with the brand patients received initially.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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