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CDC recommends older adults get 2nd updated coronavirus shot

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Wednesday that people 65 and older get a second dose of a coronavirus vaccine made available in the fall because they are at higher risk for severe disease from the virus.

"Most covid-19 deaths and hospitalizations last year were among people 65 years and older. An additional vaccine dose can provide added protection that may have decreased over time for those at highest risk," CDC Director Mandy Cohen said in a statement after endorsing the recommendation from the agency's vaccine advisory panel.

The 11-1 vote, with one abstention, by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices appeared to take some members by surprise.


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