WASHINGTON D.C.: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that all Americans above the age of 16-years are now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
While expanding the eligibility for the vaccine, the CDC has recommended that those with pre-existing medical conditions and life-threatening complications from COVID-19 be vaccinated first, Reuters reported.
Most US states have already begun inoculating 16-year-olds against COVID-19. Alaska was the first to lower the eligible age for coronavirus vaccinations to 16, followed by Georgia, Texas and California.
No COVID-19 vaccine has been yet authorized for ages under 16-years. However, vaccine testing is underway for this age group.
Earlier in April, President Joe Biden asked US states to open vaccinations for all people above the age of 18-years by April 19.
According to data provided by the CDC, more than 50 percent of the adult population in the US has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose to date.