CDC advisory panel backs mix-and-match approach to Covid-19 vaccine boosters


An expert panel that advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on vaccine policy voted unanimously on Thursday to recommend booster shots for people who were vaccinated with the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines, leaving wide leeway for people to select the booster shot of their choice.

People who were vaccinated with the Moderna product who meet eligibility criteria can get a booster shot six months or later after they completed their primary series, and all people who got the one-dose J&J vaccine should be boosted two months after the shot, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices stated.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky adopted the recommendations Thursday evening.

“These recommendations are another example of our fundamental commitment to protect as many people as possible from Covid-19,” Walensky said in a statement, noting the country now has three authorized booster doses that “are all highly effective in reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death even in the midst of the widely circulating Delta variant.”



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