Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to choose which vaccine they would like as a booster after the FDA issued emergency authorizations Wednesday, October 20, 2021, that open the door to mixing and matching vaccine brands.
In newly issued emergency use authorizations for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and a revision to the previous approval of the Pfizer and BioNTech booster, the agency made clear that people do not have to get a third dose that matches their primary series.
“The available data suggest waning immunity in some populations who are fully vaccinated,” acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said in a statement. “The availability of these authorized boosters is important for continued protection against Covid-19 disease.”
The move will also give states much needed flexibility for their vaccination rollouts, effectively allowing teams of vaccinators to bring one type of shot to a nursing home, for example, rather than requiring them to try to match booster shots to the vaccine brand each resident initially received. Read more.
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