Oct 17, 2021 - Health

Fauci: J&J recipients will likely be able to mix and match boosters


Anthony Fauci. Photo: Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images

The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will likely allow recipients of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 to mix and match vaccine boosters depending on their individual health, NIAID director Anthony Fauci told ABC News' '"This Week" on Sunday.

Why it matters: The FDA's vaccine expert panel on Friday unanimously endorsed booster shots for adult recipients of the J&J vaccine. The panel is also exploring the mix and match strategy but hasn't yet taken a formal vote on the matter.

The big picture: "[V]ery likely this should have been a two-dose vaccine to begin with," Fauci said.

  • Fauci acknowledged that data suggests that boosting the J&J vaccine with one of the mRNA vaccines produces more antibodies than a second shot of the J&J vaccine.
  • He added that the FDA would look at all the data available before making a formal authorization on J&J boosters.
  • Ultimately, which booster J&J recipients get will be "variable depending upon who you are," and each individual's health risks and situation, Fauci predicted.
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