Transcript for FDA authorizes boosters for Moderna, Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccines
Gonna turn now to the latest on the fight against the corona virus the FDA authorized the first round of boosters for the men during a and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for some people impede the green light to mixing and matching boosters. With Johnson is breaking down the big questions for us all right what. Let's break it down first of all by Brandt who did that FDA say is eligible for those would turn up or JJ boosters. Robin good morning this is confusing so let's really lay this out for you to get through it. For people who originally received the Madonna vaccine here eligibility for boosters will be the same as the Pfizer vaccine and this would include those 65 and older here and those eighteen and older at high risk do no underlying health conditions or where they live or work. Now unlike the Pfizer booster the majora boosters only. Half dose of the original size then for those who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine looser eligibility. Is much broader we're talking people were eighteen and up. Two months after their first shot Robin I mean I bet they also authorize mixing and matching. That's exactly what does that mean. So Robin this means if you're eligible for a booster shot regardless of which vaccine you originally received you'll be able to choose which booster you want. Between any of the three vaccine brands available this gives people some flexibility here but most of this conversation revolves around the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. They're orally studies that suggest if you first got a J&J shot. But then got a boost from Pfizer or Madieu not you could have an even stronger initial anybody response but no evidence yet that mixing leads to greater long term protection so what happens next here where when can people actually get these shots so unless you've got Pfizer which is already authorized. Not quite yet just a couple of more steps here today CDC advisory panel will vote on specific recommendations. Then the CDC director we'll give the final sign off so millions more Americans will likely be able to get those booster shots. By this weekend and there's one more thing. To think about all this the FDA is also considering lowering the age of eligibility reportedly for those forty and older but that issue likely won't be addressed. Until next month Robin you have stayed on top of this force with thank you.
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