CDC backs moving Moderna booster wait time to 5 months after vaccine
Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has signed off on a Food and Drug Administration recommendation that those who received the Moderna vaccine get a booster five months after their second shot instead of six, a CDC spokesperson said Friday.
What they're saying: "Vaccination is our best defense against COVID-19, including the circulating variants, and shortening the length of time between completion of a primary series and a booster dose may help reduce waning immunity," said Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.
- "Today’s action also brings consistency in the timing for administration of a booster dose among the available mRNA vaccines. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated — it’s never too late to get your COVID-19 vaccine or booster."
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Editor's note: This story has been updated after the CDC signed off on the FDA's recommendation.