Arkansas expands booster eligibility to age 18 and older

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FILE-Medical staff prepares a syringe from a vial of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine during preparations at the vaccine center in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany, Monday, March 22, 2021. AstraZeneca said Thursday that it is withdrawing its application for approval of its COVID-19 vaccine in Switzerland because the country’s medical regulator wanted to restrict its use to people over 50. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, FILE)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is expanding the eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine boosters to anyone age 18 and older. Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the move Monday, joining several other states that have made the additional shot available to more people.

Hutchinson called the previous guidelines somewhat confusing and limiting. The state previously made the booster available for those age 65 and older, who work in high-risk settings or had underlying health conditions. Under the new guidelines, the state recommends getting the booster six months after the second Pfizer or Moderna shot or two months after the first Johnson & Johnson shot.

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