White House considering second Covid booster shot

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WASHINGTON, (WHEC) – The Biden administration is considering a plan that would allow all adults to get a second Covid booster shot.

The plan comes from concerns from White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top Biden administration officials about the current rise in hospitalizations, fueled by the extremely contagious omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, a source said.

White House Covid coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha did not confirm the administration would adopt such a plan during a briefing on Tuesday, but said federal health officials have been discussing the possibility of offering boosters for all adults "for a while."

Covid hospitalizations have been rising across the country as the subvariants continue to make up a greater proportion of new cases.

Only about 30% of people eligible for a second booster have received it, according to CDC data.

Any changes would still need the FDA and the CDC to sign off.