CORONAVIRUS

Her endorsement came just hours after CDC’s external advisory committee unanimously backed the approach.

The new recommendations are intended to address what many states have said when leapfrogging the federal government on booster access. | Leon Neal/Getty Images

By LAUREN GARDNER

11/19/2021 03:43 PM EST

Updated: 11/19/2021 05:16 PM EST

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky on Friday endorsed the recommendation of her agency’s independent advisers to expand eligibility for Covid-19 boosters to all adults, sanctioning a move many states began to implement this week.

Her endorsement came just hours after CDC’s external advisory committee unanimously backed the approach.

“Booster shots have demonstrated the ability to safely increase people’s protection against infection and severe outcomes and are an important public health tool to strengthen our defenses against the virus as we enter the winter holidays,” Walensky said. “Based on the compelling evidence, all adults over 18 should now have equitable access to a COVID-19 booster dose.”

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