FDA to Allow ‘Mix and Match’ Approach for COVID Booster Shots: Report

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The US Food and Drug Administration is planning to allow Americans to get a different booster shot of a Covid-19 vaccine than the one initially taken, the New York Times reported on Monday.

What are booster shots?

A COVID booster dose is an additional jab given after full vaccination. They are also needed if vaccines are less effective against a new variant.

Who needs them the most?

People with weakened immune systems like the elderly. Those immunocompromised due to disease or treatment including healthcare and frontline workers.

Countries allowing booster shots

Israel, US, UK, EU, UAE, and Bahrain, among others, have allowed booster shots. Booster shots largely for those who have completed six months since second shot.

In Israel, UAE and Bahrain booster has been made mandatory.

The FDA in September authorised a booster dose of Pfizer Inc and partner BioNTech’s two-shot Covid-19 vaccine for those aged 65 and older and some high-risk Americans.

The regulator’s advisory panel has also backed the use of Moderna Inc and Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine booster shots.

The government would not recommend one shot over another, and it might note that using the same vaccine as a booster when possible is preferable, the NYT report said, citing people familiar with the agency’s plans.

(With Agency Inputs)

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