BREAKING NEWS: FDA approves booster shot of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson and says COVID-19 vaccines can be mixed
- The FDA authorized booster shots for the Moderna nd Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday
- Officials will also allow Americans to receive a booster shot that is different than the vaccine they received
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized booster shots for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday.
J&J extra doses will be for all adults aged 18 and older while Modena’s third shot will only be for those aged 65 and older or at high risk due to underlying conditions or their jobs.
The federal health agency will also allow fully vaccinated Americans to ‘mix and match’ Covid vaccines and booster shots.
This means people can receive a booster made by a company that is different than the one that made the vaccine they initially received.
The FDA has authorized booster shots for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. Pictured: Dr Richard Schwartz receives a Pfizer Covid vaccine booster at Teaching Center LIJ Medical Center in New York, October 6
‘Today’s actions demonstrate our commitment to public health in proactively fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic,’ said Acting FDA Commissioner Dr Janet Woodcock, in a statement.
‘As the pandemic continues to impact the country, science has shown that vaccination continues to be the safest and most effective way to prevent COVID-19, including the most serious consequences of the disease, such as hospitalization and death.
‘The available data suggest waning immunity in some populations who are fully vaccinated. The availability of these authorized boosters is important for continued protection against COVID-19 disease.’
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.