Can you mix-and-match COVID-19 booster shots? FDA may allow it – Deseret News

Are you allowed to mix and match your COVID-19 vaccines for the booster shots? The Food and Drug Administration might soon make it possible, The New York Times reports.

The FDA may soon allow Americans to receive a different coronavirus vaccine for a booster shot than the one they originally got for their full vaccination, according to The New York Times.

  • This move “could reduce the appeal of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and provide flexibility to doctors and other vaccinators,” per The New York Times.

The U.S. government would not recommend one COVID-19 vaccine over another. Instead, it might suggest getting a booster shot of the same COVID-19 vaccine you originally got to keep things simple.

  • Vaccine providers might recommend a different brand of the vaccine for people, too, according to The New York Times.

There is already data out there about mix and matching your booster vaccine. A study released last week found that the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters created stronger immunity than the Johnson & Johnson booster, even when mixed with other vaccines.

The strongest vaccine combo proved to be those who got the Moderna vaccine and the Moderna booster shot. This combo created the best immune response, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

  • However, those who got the original Pfizer shots with the Moderna booster and those who got the Moderna shots with the Pfizer booster had high immunity, too, according to a study, which came from the National Institutes of Health.