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Coronavirus

CDC director says all Americans aged 16 and over are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

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CDC Director Walensky has said that all Americans aged 16 and above are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Reuters reported on Monday.

Walensky’s statement comes as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have been increasing among younger people in the United States.

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The United States is reviewing reports of potential additional cases of severe side effects among people who received Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 shot beyond the half dozen cases of serious blood clots that caused it to pause administration of the vaccine earlier this month, a top U.S. public health officials said on Monday.

"We are encouraged that it hasn't been an overwhelming number of cases but we're looking and seeing what's come in," U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said on a Monday press briefing. She added that the agency and the US Food and Drug Administration were monitoring the US government's database for additional reports of side effects.

U.S. federal health agencies last week recommended pausing the use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine for at least a few days after six women under 50 given the shot developed rare blood clots.