A government advisory panel has approved additional doses of the three COVID-19 vaccines developed in the country.
Advisors to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also said Thursday that people can choose another company’s vaccine for the third dose.
Some Americans who received the Pfizer vaccine months ago are already eligible for a booster.
Advisers said some of those who have received Modern and Johnson & Johnson vaccines also need to qualify.
The panel did not strongly recommend taking a dose of another brand from the previous one, but left the option open – saying only that a booster of one of three types was recommended.
Some advisers said they would prefer those taking a dose of J&J to take another booster, citing preliminary data from a government study suggesting a greater increase in virus-fighting antibodies from such a combination.
About two-thirds of Americans eligible for COVID-19 vaccines are fully vaccinated, and the government says getting the first injections in the unvaccinated remains a priority.
While health authorities hope boosting doses will boost weakened immunity against milder coronavirus infections, all vaccines still offer strong protection against hospitalization and death.
CDC advisers also debated whether people who do not need amplifiers can get it. The Food and Drug Administration has already authorized an extension of the country’s boost campaign, but the CDC makes the final decision on who should be vaccinated. This decision is expected soon.
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