Moderna and J&J Covid-19 booster shots given the all clear by FDA

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The Food and Drug Administration has authorized booster shots of Moderna’s Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines and says people can get a different shot from their original dose.

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Federal regulators announced that they will now allow “mixing and matching” of all three authorized vaccines in the United States, which includes the Pfizer shot.

“Today’s action demonstrates our commitment to public health in actively fighting against the Covid-19 pandemic,” FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock said in a statement.


“As the pandemic continues to affect the country, science has shown that vaccination is the safest and most effective way to prevent Covid-19, which includes the most serious consequences of the disease, such as hospitalization and death.”

The FDA authorized the Johnson & Johnson booster for anyone 18 years of age and older, while the Moderna Booster, half the dose of the original shot, for people 65 and older, or adults with serious illness or complications. Was authorized because of underlying medical conditions at risk. Or exposure on the job.

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That means the 15 million Americans who originally received the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine can now get a booster dose with Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech, as long as they are 18 years of age or older. .

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 70 million Americans have been fully vaccinated with Moderna.

Medical professionals can begin giving booster shots by the end of the week after CDC advisers have met and decided by the decision of its director, Rochelle Valensky.

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