California now recommends a COVID-19 vaccine booster for all adults despite federal guidance restricting them to at-risk groups, according to reports.
The state’s public health officer, Tomás Aragón, instructed health officials in a Nov. 9 letter to “allow patients to self-determine their risk of exposure,” according to the Associated Press.
“Do not turn a patient away who is requesting a booster,” he wrote.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, recommends boosters only for the elderly, the sick, those in group homes and those working in high-risk settings.
President Biden had planned boosters for all adults, but in September the federal Food and Drug Administration would not approve boosters for healthy adults younger than 65.
Colorado and New Mexico governors followed California in allowing boosters for all adults, the AP reported.