Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends only people over 50 and those who are immunocompromised get extra boosters. So far, less than 28 percent of Americans in this age group have received a second booster.
The plan under discussion will make eligibility for adults under 50 years of age, allowing them to get vaccinated now — with the expectation that they can still get another booster dose when reformulated versions of the vaccine become available later in October.
The Washington Post first reported on the acceleration plan. The White House declined to comment.
Discussions are still in their early stages and will require formal approval from the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration. The CDC and FDA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
But in recent days, senior public health officials, including Covid response coordinator Ashish Jha and leading infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, have expressed support for the idea, said one person with knowledge of the matter.
“We have a vaccine for that,” said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “But the question is, will this current increase from BA.5 mitigate in terms of mild to moderate disease?”
David Lim and Sarah Overmole contributed to this report.