FDA panel endorses lower-dose Moderna COVID shot for booster
Many people who got their initial Pfizer shots at least six months ago are already getting a booster after the FDA authorised their use last month.As for the dose, initial Moderna vaccination consists of two 100-microgram shots.
- United States
US health advisers said Thursday that some Americans who received Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine should get a half-dose booster to bolster protection against the virus.
The panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously to recommend a booster shot for seniors, adults with other health problems, jobs or living situations that put them at increased risk for COVID-19.
The recommendation is non-binding but it's a key step toward expanding the US booster campaign to millions more Americans. Many people who got their initial Pfizer shots at least six months ago are already getting a booster after the FDA authorised their use last month.
The FDA will use its advisers' recommendations in making final decisions for boosters from both companies. Assuming a positive decision, there's still another hurdle: Next week, a panel convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will offer more specifics on who should get one.(AP) RUP RUP
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