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Boosters Are Being Administered To A Greater Number Of Persons

The number of people in the United States wanting to enhance their Covid-19 vaccines has overtaken the number of those looking to start them, since booster doses from other medication manufacturers may soon be available.

According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, booster injections are given out 1.3 times more frequently than initial vaccinations.

Boosters Are Being Administered To A Greater Number Of Persons

The number may rise as the CDC’s vaccination advisory group prepares to meet Thursday to consider booster doses for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, as well as mixing and matching boosters and initial doses among the medication producers.

Until last week, only the Pfizer vaccine could be used as a booster for individuals of specified high-risk categories who got two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at least six months ago.

Boosters Are Being Administered To A Greater Number Of Persons

A booster dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine was shown to be 95.6 percent effective in a Phase 3 study, the firms said on Thursday. “Efficacy was constant regardless of age, gender, color, ethnicity, or concomitant conditions,” the researchers said.

The Food and Drug Administration approved booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccinations on Wednesday, saying any of the three approved vaccines may be used as a booster in a “mix and match strategy” for individuals who qualify.

On Thursday, the CDC is scheduled to decide which groups should receive booster shots. Typically, injections can be given once the CDC director approves the recommendation.

According to authorities, the FDA may soon decrease the age range on its emergency use authorizations for booster injections, pending further safety data.

They want to make sure that if they deploy the boosters in all of the age ranges, that the benefit truly outweighs any risk, said Dr. Peter Marks, director of the Center for Biologics

Evaluation and Research, the agency’s vaccine arm. They will not hesitate to lower this age range if they believe the benefit outweighs the risk, and because they have EUA authority, they can do so in a relatively short period of time.

Vaccination, according to health experts, is the key to limiting the spread of Covid-19, and many are still pushing more Americans to receive their first doses.

According to interim FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock, evidence shows that protection from complete immunization might fade, which is fueling the effort to allow

supplemental doses.

The currently available data show decreasing immunity in some groups of fully vaccinated persons, Woodcock said during a phone conference with reporters.

And the availability of these approved boosters is crucial for continuing protection against Covid-19 illness. Younger children are still ineligible for even their first injections, but scientists say their protection will be critical in keeping the epidemic under control.

Currently, only teenagers as young as 12 are eligible for vaccinations, however, data regarding dosages for children aged 5 to 11 has been submitted to the FDA.

If the FDA approves injections for this age range and the CDC recommends it, about 28 million children aged 5 to 11 may soon be eligible for vaccination.

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