You Can Now Mix and Match COVID-19 Boosters
Mix and matching vaccine boosters has been a topic of heavy debate as of late, but on Thursday we got our answer from both the FDA and the CDC.
It actually started on Wednesday, when the FDA approved the mixing of vaccines by first approving the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters and by amending the emergency use authorization for all three vaccines. Then on Thursday the CDC approved the boosters and the mixing of vaccines, capped off by CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky’s approval. This means that distribution for the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines has begun. As for who can get the boosters, the breakdown looks like this.
The Moderna booster is to be given six months after the person’s last shot. Eligibility extends to three different groups. The first group is those over the age of 64. The second group is those 18–64 who are at high risk of severe Covid-19 disease. And finally, those 18–64 who are at high risk of contracting Covid-19 because of their job are also eligible to receive this booster. This is the same authorization that was given to the Pfizer booster.
The Johnson & Johnson booster is a little more simply laid out. The approval given stated that those who wanted to get the Johnson & Johnson booster could do so two months after their last shot.
Now comes the part about mixing the vaccines. The FDA said that if you are eligible for a booster and you want to get it, you can pick which one you want. In other words, if you get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as your original vaccine, you can then pick between Johnson & Johnson, Moderna or Pfizer for your booster dose, and you can get that booster two months after that original shot. The same goes if you received Pfizer or Moderna as your original vaccine, only the waiting period is six months instead of two months.
Again, all of this has been approved by both the FDA and CDC, which means if you fall into the groups discussed, you are eligible for a booster shot. If you have any further questions about the boosters, make sure to speak to your doctor.