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FDA advisers endorse Johnson & Johnson booster shot

A healthcare worker in Miami receives a Pfizer booster shot on Oct. 5. Associated Press/Photo by Lynne Sladky

FDA advisers endorse Johnson & Johnson booster shot

After hours of discussion on Friday, the panel of independent vaccine experts forwarded on its recommendation that adults receive a second dose of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. While the panel endorsed Pfizer and Moderna boosters only for senior citizens and at-risk adults, they said any adult at least 18 years old who received the one-dose J&J shot should get another. The advisers worried that the 15 million people who have received the J&J vaccine so far are less protected from coronavirus.

What happens next? The panel’s unanimous vote is nonbinding but is likely to influence the FDA’s next moves. In the coming weeks, the FDA will discuss Moderna’s and J&J’s boosters before forwarding its decision to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The panel did not approve a specific timeline because J&J submitted a sliding schedule for its boosters. Data indicated a second dose might be effective as early as two months after the first shot but might work even better several months later. The company developed the vaccine using cell lines derived from the tissue of aborted babies.

Dig deeper: Read John Dawson’s report in Beginnings about early concerns the J&J vaccine caused blood clots.

Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.



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Any word on the rashes caused by the early JAndJ vaccines? Had an employee who had a severe rash after the JAndJ vaccine. It almost impossible to find info on the rash occurring from the JAndJ but it was there. Wondering if this has been addressed or just ignored?

My Two Cents

An endorsement, or full approval? I’m still confused why only the Pfizer has received full approval, yet we are faced with vaccination mandates. How many booster shots will be recommended before they are happy and declare herd immunity has been reached? If one shows their J&J card as proof of vaccination, will they be turned away because they are not fully vaccinated? Without full approval, any other shot than the Pfizer is like a copy of your birth certificate. Not the real thing, not the raised seal. Must one be boostered now before one is declared fully vaccinated?