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A nurse receives her Pfizer booster shot in New York. Photo: Alejandra Villa Loarca/Newsday RM via Getty Images

New York City is telling health providers not to turn away anyone over 18 years old who wants a COVID-19 booster shot, city health commissioner Dave Chokshi announced Monday.

Details: Adults will be allowed the booster shot six months after receiving their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, per Chokshi's announcement.

What they're saying: "Clinicians should allow adult patients to determine their own risk of exposure, based on their individual circumstances," Chokshi said at a briefing Monday.

  • "In practice, this means that providers should not turn a patient away if they request a booster, so long as they are 18 and older and it has been at least six months since a Moderna or Pfizer dose or at least two months since a Johnson & Johnson dose," Chokshi said at a briefing on Monday.

Driving the news: Pfizer and BioNTech last week asked the Food and Drug Administration to expand authorization of their COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to include all adults.

  • Federal regulators currently allow boosters only for adults 65 and older, those with pre-existing conditions and those who live or work in high risk facilities.

The big picture: New York City will join California, Colorado and New Mexico in allowing booster shots for all adults.

Go deeper

Updated Dec 7, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

  1. Health: Americans shrug off Omicron, Axios-Ipsos poll finds — CDC director says number of U.S. Omicron cases "likely to rise."
  2. Vaccines: Omicron gives a shot to boosters — U.S. announces $400M for global COVID vaccine distribution — Vaccine mandates lose steam in the U.S. while Europe doubles down.
  3. States: Gov. Hochul will order some NY hospitals to halt elective surgeries — Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers.
  4. World: EU drug regulator backs mixing COVID vaccines — Poor global equity likely in COVID pill access — CDC raises travel advisories for France, Portugal to highest level amid COVID surge.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
John Frank, author of Denver
19 hours ago - Axios Denver

Colorado reports Omicron spread and redoubles push for booster shots

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Data: CDC; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Omicron's arrival in Colorado and the approaching holidays are leading public health experts to redouble efforts to promote the COVID-19 vaccine.

Driving the news: The focus comes as the state confirmed for the first time Tuesday that it found low-level community spread of the Omicron variant in Boulder County based on wastewater surveillance.

18 hours ago - Health

Pfizer-BioNTech: Booster doses more effective at blocking Omicron

Prepared doses of the BioNtech-Pfizer Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine in Germany on Dec. 7. Photo: Thomas Kienzle/AFP via Getty Images

Pfizer and BioNTech said Wednesday that two doses of their COVID-19 vaccine were significantly less effective at neutralizing the Omicron variant in early lab tests, but a three-dose regimen was more effective.

Why it matters: Omicron, which has been labeled a variant of concern by the World Health Organization after being identified by scientists in South Africa last month, has forced vaccine makers to reassess the effectiveness of their vaccines against this specific new form of coronavirus.