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COVID-19 & Down Syndrome Resource Consortium issued statement on COVID-19 booster shots

Updated: Jan 31

The CDC has recommended, as of September 30, 2021, that adults age 65+ and those age 18+ who live in long-term care settings, have underlying medical conditions, work in high-risk settings, or live in high-risk settings should receive an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine after the initial 2 doses. Adults 18+ with Down syndrome are specifically noted as at risk and included among adults with 'underlying medical conditions.'

The Consortium's statement reads:

"The COVID-19 & Down Syndrome Consortium supports the CDC’s current guidance that states adults with Down syndrome age 18+ are eligible for a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot. As adults with Down syndrome are at higher risk for severe illness associated with COVID-19, booster shots should be scheduled as soon as possible six months after their second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.