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FDA authorizes mixing COVID-19 vaccines with different booster shots | News – Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee

Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-10-21 09:38:00 –

Nashville, TN (WSMV) – A mixed-and-match approach to the COVID-19 vaccine is currently approved by the FDA.

People over the age of 65 or at high risk will receive a Moderna booster 6 months after the last shot. The booster is half the dose of a regular Moderna shot.

Johnson & Johnson boosters, on the other hand, can be administered at least two months after the first shot. According to the company, boosters provide 94% protection against moderate to severe COVID-19 symptoms.

Moderna is only for people over the age of 65, but the FDA recommends using J & J boosters for people over the age of 18.

But Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of the Faculty of Public Health at Brown University, believes that can change quickly. “I think we’re really seeing data that people over the age of 40 will probably benefit. You can imagine younger people getting the data over time,” explains Jha.

Mixing and matching shots are also being discussed today, and data from the National Institutes of Health show that people vaccinated with the J & J vaccine offer extraordinary benefits.

A new study found that the combination of J & J shots and Moderna boosters increased antibody levels 76-fold, while other shots and J & J showed minimal increases.

“If you’ve ever taken a moderna, or if you’ve taken a Pfizer shot, you don’t have to worry about getting a moderna shot,” Jha said. “If you can actually get the vaccine as a booster before you get Pfizer, it will work the same as the original vaccine.”

The CDC Advisory Board is expected to vote for both boosters and mixing and matching on Thursday.

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