President Joe Biden, joined by Counselor to the President and White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients, receives a briefing from Director of the NIH Dr. Francis Collins and Chief Medical Adviser to the President and Director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, at the Dale and Betty Bumpers Vaccine Research Center (VRC) at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

The Biden Administration is now reportedly planning on expanding booster shots to all adults as soon as this week.

As Axios reports:

The Biden administration is expected to begin the process of expanding the booster authorization to all adults as early as this week, according to a source familiar with internal planning.

Why it matters: America’s booster campaign got off to an underwhelming start, potentially leaving millions of vulnerable people at risk as the holidays approach.

State of play: The Biden administration’s original plan over the summer was to recommend that most adults get a booster shot eight months after their initial round. However, the FDA and CDC ultimately recommended that more limited groups of people receive another shot six months later.

Where it stands: There isn’t good national data on how many current hospitalizations and deaths are among vaccinated people, although some states are reporting rising numbers of breakthrough cases. (The number of breakthrough cases is expected to rise as more people get vaccinated.)

If boosters are normalized for adults in the US, there is concern about various vaccine mandates across the country potentially being expanded to include a third shot.

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