FDA approves all COVID boosters

Feds say patients can mix and match vaccines for their booster shots.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for people to get booster shots of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. It further said that people can get a different booster than the one they first received to be inoculated against the coronavirus.

The agency had already approved booster shots for people who received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

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Data reviewed by the agency showed that it was safe to mix-and-match vaccines. In fact, people who were first inoculated with the J&J vaccine showed a stronger immune response when they received a booster of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Next up: An advisory panel of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will make an announcement with its recommendations for what groups of people should get these new boosters. The agency already recommends boosters of the Pfizer vaccine for people 65 and older and those at high risk of contracting the virus due to immunity issues or their work environments.


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