Doctor: It’s time for the booster to be available for all
There is a new push to allow anyone over the age of 18 to get a COVID-19 booster shot.
New York City's top doctor said that all New Yorkers age 18 and older can get a COVID booster if they want one.
However, News 12 reached out to Nassau County's Department of Health, and it says it is still following New York State guidelines for booster shots which are for people 65 and older.
It is not clear when Long Island will get the approval for the booster for anyone 18 or older without any restrictions.
The FDA and CDC have yet to authorize boosters for all adults. They recommend limiting shots to patients considered most at risk. However, the doctors News 12 spoke with say booster shots should be part of the regiment:
"I think it’s time for the booster to be available. We know that after five months the immunity definitely weighs, I think the sooner we can get people the shot the better,” says Dr. Mangala Narasimhan, VP of Critical Care Services, Northwell Health.
Health officials hope Long Island gets the approval before the holidays.
Doctors say you can mix vaccines and tailor to what is available for boosters, but you have to consult with your doctor.