The FDA approved updated COVID-19 vaccines Monday, hoping to rev up protection against the latest coronavirus strains and blunt any surge this fall and winter.
From AP News:
The Food and Drug Administration decision opens the newest shots from Moderna and Pfizer and its partner BioNTech to most Americans even if they’ve never had a coronavirus vaccination. It’s part of a shift to treat fall updates of the COVID-19 vaccine, much like getting a yearly flu shot.
There’s still another step: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must sign off. A CDC advisory panel is set to issue recommendations Tuesday on who most needs the updated shots. Vaccinations could begin later this week, and both the COVID-19 and flu shots can be given at the same visit.
COVID-19 hospitalizations have been on the rise since late summer. However, thanks to remaining immunity from prior vaccinations and infections, not nearly as much as this time last year.
The FDA has approved updated COVID-19 vaccines. The shots replace combination vaccines that mixed protection against the original coronavirus strain and even older omicron variants.
Now, the CDC must sign off. https://t.co/vZbBhSztFp
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 11, 2023