FDA Authorizes COVID Vaccine Booster Shots

Shots will be directed toward people with weakened immune systems.

The Food and Drug Administration authorized COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for people with weakened immune systems, a highly anticipated move intended to shield some of the most vulnerable Americans from the highly contagious Delta variant.

“Today’s action allows doctors to boost immunity in certain immunocompromised individuals who need extra protection from COVID-19,” acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said in a statement.

Organ transplant recipients and people who are similarly immunocompromised can receive a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. The FDA also emphasized that other fully vaccinated people are “adequately protected” and currently do not need an extra dose.

The FDA is not the final authority. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine advisory committee has a scheduled meeting to consider shots for those with compromised immune systems. If they issue a recommendation and it is approved by the CDC, third shots should begin immediately.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the CDC as evaluations of the booster for immunocompromised individuals are made.
  • For the FDA as treatments and medications are researched and approved.
  • For wisdom for the acting FDA commissioner as she heads the agency.

Sources: CNBC, Wall Street Journal


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