BOSTON (CBS) – An FDA panel voted “yes” on Thursday recommend a third dose Moderna vaccine. The panel approved the vaccine for people 65 years of age and older, people 18 years of age or older with underlying conditions and risk factors, and people who work in jobs that put them at greater risk of infection.
These occupations include health workers, grocery clerks, and teachers.
Just six months after the first two doses, there was quite a bit of back and forth as to whether the Moderna boosters were really necessary because the vaccine’s efficacy held up well against hospitalization and death.
However, in the end, the vote was unanimous in favor of giving them power.
But remember, this is just an advisory panel. The FDA will have to make a final decision on whether to allow Moderna boosters for these groups. Next, the CDC recommendation will need to be voted up or down next week.
If you recall, there was some disagreement between the FDA and the CDC panel about whether people who work in jobs that put themselves at higher risk of developing COVID would be eligible for Pfizer boosters. Finally, the CDC Director made the final decision and said “yes”.
So we’ll have to see what happens next week before anyone goes out and buys a Moderna booster.
On Friday, the FDA panel will evaluate the J&J booster shots.