Thursday, December 2

Covid-19 booster vaccine: what you need to know about combining vaccines

The CDC also recommends a booster dose, which each person can choose from the 3 approved.

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To continue efforts to try to control the coronavirus pandemic as soon as possible, this Wednesday, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially announced its approval to provide booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

But not only that, the FDA also indicated that it is possible to mix any of the 3 vaccines against Covid-19 (including the one from Pfizer-BioNTech) authorized by this body so that they can be applied as reinforcement.

“The evidence shows that the three vaccines against COVID licensed in the US are safe, as evidenced by the more than 400 million doses of vaccines already administered,” Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said in a statement.

Do’s and Don’ts About Combining Covid Vaccines, According to CDC

After the announcements given by both the FDA and the CDC, this Friday el Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to the White House, reaffirmed what was said by both; However, he pointed out that the recommendation is that people who will receive a booster vaccine, opt for the ones that were applied to them in the first few occasions and only mix in case it is not available.

“In general, it is recommended that you get the booster that has the original regimen you received in the first place. However, for one reason or another, and there may be different circumstances with people, availability or just different personal options, they can, as we say, mix and match, Fauci said in an interview with CNN.

The first thing they have pointed out the CDC, is that the groups eligible for a third dose are those that applied 6 months or more ago the full schedule initial with Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, in particular:

* People over 65 years old
* Over 18s living in long-term care facilities
* Over 18 years of age with underlying diseases
* Over 18 years of age who work or live in high-risk environments

Regarding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the CDC recommends that those over 18 years of age who received it at least 2 months ago, choose to get a booster, either of that brand or of any other authorized one.

Another highlight is that the CDC gives the population freedom to choose the booster vaccine they want, whether they choose to be given since it was given at the beginning or prefer a different booster.

Although they expect more details about the combination of vaccines and recommendations on this practice in the coming days, the CDC has indicated that, For young women who have a higher risk of developing blood clots and who received the Janssen vaccine, they may choose a booster from Pfizer or Moderna.

In the case of Young men who might tend to develop a heart condition, such as myocarditis, could do the opposite and choose Johnson% Johnson for their Covid-19 booster shot.

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