The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and its advisors recommended Tuesday that everyone age 6 months and older receive at least one dose of updated COVID-19 vaccines. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the updated vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech on Monday. Updated COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be available at major pharmacies later this week.

In the coming months, the guidelines are expected to include vaccines by Novavax and any others authorized by FDA; the Novavax vaccine may serve as a good alternative for individuals who cannot receive mRNA vaccines like those made by Moderna and Pfizer. According to information submitted to CDC’s advisory panel, Moderna, Pfizer and Novavax intend to charge $120 to $130 per dose for their new COVID-19 vaccines. Most people with private insurance will likely be able to obtain the doses at no cost, while those without insurance will need to qualify for a new federal program to get free vaccinations.

The CDC panel voted to advise that all Americans receive the vaccines from Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech due to data indicating the long- and short-term dangers of COVID-19 for all age groups, in particular older adults and those who are immunocompromised.

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