ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Following FDA approval, the Maryland Department of Health on Friday issued a new bulletin directing all medical care providers to give a COVID-19 booster to anyone 18 and older who wants or needs the shot.
The CDC has final federal say, and could sign off as early as Friday.
Those seeking a booster should get get it six months after receiving their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two months after receiving the single Johnson & Johnson dose.
Initially, boosters were slightly more limited to citizens 65 and older, residents in long-term care, and those 18 and over with underlying medical conditions, or who work and live in high-risk settings.
Health officials still strongly urge people in those groups to get the booster.
Maryland says providers may not turn away anyone over 18 requesting a booster.
So far, more than 800,000 people in the state have received one.