(JUST THE NEWS) – The U.S. one-size-fits-all COVID-19 vaccine policy, which recommends "up to date" inoculation at all ages regardless of risk level and provides the basis for ongoing mandates in low-risk settings, has become an even bigger international outlier.
The World Health Organization's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization is removing "healthy children and adolescents" from its default recommendations for primary series and booster shots, according to an official "highlights" summary from its meetings the week of March 20.
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Recurring boosters beyond the first are no longer recommended by default for the "medium risk group" of healthy adults under 60 and children and adolescents with comorbidities. SAGE said those should be targeted to older adults, younger adults with "significant comorbidities," immunocompromised individuals, frontline healthcare workers and pregnant women.
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