NBC News: FDA expected to amend emergency use authorizations to allow for 3rd shot

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(NBCNC) — People with compromised immune systems may soon be able to receive a COVID-19 booster shot.

Two sources familiar with the plan have told NBC News that the U.S. Food and Drug Administation is expected to amend the emergency use authorizations for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to allow such patients to receive a third dose.

The move is expected to occur as early as Thursday.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 2.7% of adults in the U.S. are immunocompromised, including cancer patients, organ transplant recipients and those with HIV.

However, it is unclear which groups would be covered under the expected action.

The CDC vaccine advisory group is scheduled to meet Friday to discuss the issue, but they cannot vote to officially recommend boosters until the FDA takes regulatory action.