Moderna COVID-19 booster shots coming soon

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter Jacyn Abbott

Americans who took the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are one step closer to having a booster shot available.

Last week, the Federal Drug Administration’s advisory committee gave the OK for boosters for Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines. Pfizer is already approved.

The booster must be approved by the full FDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before it’s available for patients. That decision will come over the next several weeks.

If approved, Moderna’s booster will be a half-dose injection following the full two-dose regimen. Those approved for a booster will be eligible six months after their second Moderna shot.

Populations who most need boosters include anyone 65 or older, or anyone between 18 and 64 living with a condition that would increase their chances of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19. It also includes anyone who may have frequent exposure to COVID-19, like front-line workers, health care workers and teachers.

University Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Thomas Weida is encouraging everyone who hasn’t yet gotten vaccinated to get it done as soon as possible.

“(The vaccine) keeps you out of the hospital,” he said. “It decreases your chances of getting very, very sick. Some of these folks who are getting COVID are having symptoms that are lasting for six months or more. It’s terrible disease.”

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