Arizona experts make recommendations for COVID-19 boosters

When you get a vaccine, you build up an army in your body. Or at least that’s how Dr. Erik McLaughlin describes it to his 6-year-old twins.

But most of the time, if that army is doing its job, we don’t even realize it’s there. So how do we know if it needs reinforcements? And if it does, when is the best time to send them in?

When it comes to booster shots against COVID-19, that’s exactly the question that public health officials, researchers, doctors and patients are trying to answer. While Pima County recently recommended boosters for everyone ages 18 and older, citing increased community spread, state- and national-level guidance is still developing.

The FDA expanded eligibility for boosters to all adults last week, though Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday that the federal definition of “fully vaccinated” will not yet require a third dose.

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