America has gravely undervalued booster shots

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The Centers for Disease Control recently updated their recommendation for coronavirus booster shots: Now they endorse everyone over the age of 18 getting one, so long as they are at least two months out from a Johnson & Johnson shot or six months out from their second dose of Moderna or Pfizer. The CDC also says that you can mix and match any booster with any previous shot.

The new guidance comes after a prolonged debate among scientists about who exactly should get boosters and when, and as a result, the messaging has been muddled. Only about one in 10 Americans have gotten their boosters so far, apparently thanks to the pervasive belief that additional shots are mostly just a "nice to have" thing that doesn't really matter much one way or another.

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