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The latest news about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 in Montana.

Health officials approve second COVID booster for some groups

Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine
Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine

Federal health officials have approved a second COVID-19 booster shot for those 50 years-old and older as well as certain immunocompromised people. The state health department says the approval means about 400,000 Montanans can get another shot.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signed off on the recommendation, saying those eligible for the second booster shot can get one four months after their third shot in order to boost waning immunity.

According to state data, vaccination rates for Montanans over the age of 50 are above the state average of 55%.

Aaron graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism in 2015 after interning at Minnesota Public Radio. He landed his first reporting gig in Wrangell, Alaska where he enjoyed the remote Alaskan lifestyle and eventually moved back to the road system as the KBBI News Director in Homer, Alaska. He joined the MTPR team in 2019. Aaron now reports on all things in northwest Montana and statewide health care.
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