On Wednesday, the United States Food and Drug Administration authorized the COVID-19 vaccine for booster doses of the Moderna Inc and Johnson & Johnson. They also said that Americans can choose a shot of their own choice for their original inoculation as a booster.
FDA CommissionerJanet Woodcock said in a statement, “The availability of these authorized boosters is important for continued protection against COVID-19 disease”. According to her, the data suggests the effectiveness of the vaccine may wane over time among some fully vaccinated people. This gives all three vaccines the liberty to give boosters to some groups in the United States.
This decision gave freedom to millions of people in the United States to get additional protection against the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus. An advisory panel of the FDA voted in favor of the third round of shots of the Moderna vaccine for the same groups last week. The one-shot J&J vaccine recipients are also recommended by the panel to get a second shot of the one-dose inoculation after two months of receiving their first.
In August, the FDA and U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were under pressure to sanction the extra shots after the White House announced a booster campaign.