A panel of doctors and scientists advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted to recommend that people 6 months of age and older get new COVID boosters this fall.
Anti-vaccine advocates have repurposed a catchy, succinct, and potent slogan. Its unlikely source: the reproductive rights movement, which has been linked to the phrase for more than 50 years.
With immunity waning and the super-contagious omicron family of variants getting better at dodging protection, the Food and Drug Administration decided boosters intended for fall needed an update.
NPR talks to Claire Hannan, who has helped navigate vaccine rollouts in all 50 states, about some of the challenges involved in quickly getting shots out to millions of young kids.
The vaccinations for children as young as 6 months old could start next week. But first, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must sign off.
The vaccines now in use are based on the form of the virus that circulated at the beginning of the pandemic and are less effective against the omicron variant. New options are in the works.
Though findings are preliminary, many studies suggest that vaccinated people have good protection against the condition, although just how much is still up for debate.