More booster shots OK’d

Americans who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 can soon get boosters, even from brands different from the ones they received initially. The FDA's decision marks a big step toward expanding the booster campaign.

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October 21, 2021 - 9:26 AM

Pharmacist Stephen Polley hands a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to a nursing student for distribution on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Wednesday signed off on extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and said anyone eligible for an extra dose can get a brand different from the one they received initially.

The Food and Drug Administration’s decisions mark a big step toward expanding the U.S. booster campaign, which began with extra doses of the Pfizer vaccine last month. But before more people roll up their sleeves, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will consult an expert panel Thursday before finalizing official recommendations for who should get boosters and when. 

The latest moves would expand by tens of millions the number of Americans eligible for boosters and formally allow “mixing and matching” of shots — making it simpler to get another dose, especially for people who had a side effect from one brand but still want the proven protection of vaccination.

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