Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-10-21 21:36:00 –
CDC advisors are taking the next steps to provide more boosters to people in our community. Those over the age of 18 who won Johnson & Johnson in a unanimous vote will be able to win boosters at least two months later, they said. For Pfizer and Moderna, boosters will be available after 6 months. Health officials in Nashville said the latest recommendations could give more people access to follow-up shots and more flexibility in choosing what they need. “There’s a lot of information coming out today,” said Dr. Alex Jahangil of the Nashville Coronavirus Task Force.
On Thursday, CDC advisors agreed with Moderna, Johnson, and Johnson boosters. Jahangir previously said that only Pfizer was recommended. “I think it will be clearer, especially after Pfizer’s recommendations are announced,” said Jahangir. “Moderna and J & J had no recommendations, so the people who received them didn’t know what they needed to do.”
FDA advisors recommend a mixed-and-match approach to booster shots. That is, the booster does not have to match what you got with the first vaccine. Jahangir said he has more flexibility in choosing which follow-up shots to take.
It is up to the CDC director to make formal recommendations for those who are eligible for boosters. On Thursday, the Metro Health Board announced that it would begin administering boosters on Monday if approved. Jahangir said the vaccine is effective, but it weakens immunity and requires these boosters. “If science shows that this may need to be an annual booster, that’s what I do,” Jahangir said. “It would be great if science showed three shots and we were done. I would like to avoid taking another shot.”
Many companies require their employees to be vaccinated. We asked Jahangir if he believed that a booster effect would also be needed. He said it was difficult to say, but emphasized that the vaccine was working and saved lives.
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