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  • The FDA unanimously passed a recommendation Thursday for some Americans who received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to receive a lower-dose booster.
  • The first and second Moderna COVID-19 vaccines contained 100-micrograms per shot, though the booster would only be a single 50-microgram dose.
  • The recommendation applies to seniors, adults with certain health issues, and those with certain jobs or living arrangements that put them at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

A panel of advisers for the Food and Drug Administration unanimously passed a recommendation Thursday for some Americans who received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to receive a lower-dose booster.

The panel passed the recommendation for a Moderna booster shot for seniors, adults with certain health issues, and those with certain jobs or living arrangements that put them at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19.


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The first and second Moderna COVID-19 vaccines contained 100-micrograms per shot, though the booster would only be a single 50-microgram dose.

The recommendation isn’t binding but is considered progress in taking next steps in the COVID-19 booster campaign.

A Pfizer-Biotech COVID-19 booster was previously authorized by the FDA on Sept. 22 for select individuals.


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Published on Oct 14, 2021