Millions of Americans who received the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines will be eligible for booster shots in the near future — and they will be able to choose any vaccine for their extra dose, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.
The FDA is recommending the following protocols:
People who received the Moderna vaccine can get a booster at least six months after they have completed the two-dose series if they are 65 years or older, at high risk for severe disease, or work in jobs that regularly expose them to COVID-19.
Anyone older than 18 years who got the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine can get a booster shot two months after they got the first dose.
Any person eligible for a booster vaccine can “mix and match” their extra dose, regardless of the vaccine they were initially given.
The FDA decision, which followed closely on recommendations from its expert advisory panel, is one of the last steps toward a full rollout of booster shots to eligible Americans.