USA Today reports:
The less than 3% of Americans who are severely immuno-compromised should be able to get an extra dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the federal government decided Thursday night. People who are on medications or have diseases that suppress their immune system may not have gotten adequate protection from their earlier doses of COVID-19 vaccine and are more likely to mount a response to an additional dose, the FDA determined.
“Today’s action allows doctors to boost immunity in certain immun-ocompromised individuals who need extra protection from COVID-19,” Dr. Janet Woodcock, the FDA’s acting commissioner, said in a statement. “As we’ve previously stated, other individuals who are fully vaccinated are adequately protected and do not need an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine at this time.”
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Late night approval. Next up tomorrow’s ACIP meeting. Surprised it came so late in the evening, must have been a long night at the FDA.
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