CDC Approves Mix-and-Match COVID Vaccines
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Millions more Americans are closer to getting a COVID-19 booster as influential government advisers endorsed extra doses of all three of the nation’s vaccines on Thursday, October 21, 2021. This opened the possibility of choosing a different company’s brand for that next shot.
U.S. health officials are expected to authorize the mixing of COVID-19 booster doses in hopes of providing more flexibility, but will most likely say using the same brand for a booster is preferable, in the video published on October 19, 2021, “FDA to approve Moderna and J & J booster shots l WNT“, below:
Certain people who received Pfizer vaccinations months ago already are eligible for a booster and now advisers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say specific Moderna and Johnson & Johnson recipients should qualify, too. And in a bigger change, the panel allowed the flexibility of “mixing and matching” that extra dose regardless which type people received first. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had already authorized such an expansion of the nation’s booster campaign on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, but the CDC has the final word on who should roll up their sleeves. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky was expected to rule soon. “We’re at a different place in the pandemic than we were earlier” when supply constraints meant people had to take whatever shot they were offered, noted CDC adviser Dr. Helen Keipp Talbot of Vanderbilt University. She called it “priceless” to be able to choose a different kind for the booster if, for example, someone might be at risk for a rare side effect from a specific vaccine. There still are restrictions on who qualifies and when for a booster. Starting six months past their last Pfizer vaccination, people are urged to get a booster if they’re 65 or older, nursing home residents, or at least 50 and at increased risk of severe disease because of health problems. Boosters also were allowed, but not urged, for adults of any age at increased risk of infection because of health problems or their jobs or living conditions. That includes health care workers, teachers and people in jails or homeless shelters. The CDC panel backed the same qualifications for Moderna recipients to get a booster. Moderna’s booster will come at half the dose of the original two shots. As for recipients of the single-shot J&J vaccine, a COVID-19 booster is recommended for everyone at least two months after their vaccination, in the video published on October 21, 2021, “CDC panel approves mix-and-match COVID vaccines“, below:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will review the Food and Drug Administrations’s decision to approve booster shots for the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines, which would allow more than 15 million Americans to get a booster shot. Dr. Dan Barouch, a physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and director at the Center For Virology and Vaccine Research who helped develop the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, joins CBSN to discuss mixing and matching doses, in the video published on Oct. 21, 2021, “Virologist who helped develop Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on mixing doses“, below:
A CDC advisory panel says eligible Americans vaccinated with Moderna or Johnson & Johnson should be able to get an added dose of protection, in the video published on Oct. 21, 2021, “CDC Panel Signs Off On J&J, Modern Covid Vaccine Booster“, below:
A National Institutes of Health study on mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines and boosters found the approach to be safe and effective, in the video published on Oct. 18, 2021, “‘Mix and mathch’ COVID vaccine boosters are effective, NIH study finds“, below:
People who have been double-dosed with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine could have a stronger immune response if they were given a different jab as a booster, a leading scientist has said. Professor Matthew Snape from the Oxford Vaccine Group said the “mix and match” approach may result in additional protection against coronavirus, in the video published on June 28, 2021, “‘Mix and match’ jabs study finds combination of vaccines has robust immune response“, below:
Besides USA, there are other nations that are also allowing mix-and-match of COVID vaccines. Dr. Jen Ashton explains why the country is allowing people to mix and match vaccine brands, in Canada, in the video published on June 4, 2021, “Canada to allow mixing COVID-19 vaccines“, below:
Pick and mix, mix and match, in the video published on Oct. 22, 2021, “Mix and match vaccines“, below:
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