FDA should rethink COVID vaccine 'one-size-fits-all' booster shot message

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The Food and Drug Administration has just simplified things by issuing a blanket recommendation for every adult in America to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot.

But this comes just eight weeks after the FDA’s external advisory panel voted down boosters for all adults by a 16-2 vote, due to concerns of insufficient data on younger people. So what’s the bottom line?

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For older Americans or those who have a risk factor for COVID illness, the medical case for boosters is now compelling. A recent study found the effectiveness of the mRNA vaccine’s in protecting you from getting COVID went down dramatically from 88 percent to 48 percent at six months, and J&J’s one-dose vaccine’s effectiveness declined to 13 percent. 

Far more concerning, the vaccine’s effectiveness in protecting against death declined in people over 65, dropping to 76% with Moderna, 70% with Pfizer, and 52% with J&J.

FILE PHOTO: Walmart pharmacist holds a vial of the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine inside a Walmart department store in West Haven, Connecticut, U.S., February 17, 2021.  (REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo)

But everyone has a different risk

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