LewisGale Infectious Disease Specialist discusses mixing booster vaccinations

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky has signed off on booster shots from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Walenksy is following the recommendation of the agency’s advisory panel, which voted unanimously for full approval.

However, this comes days after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved both shots and gave the green light to the mixing and matching of doses.

Dr. Muddasar Chaudry, Infectious Disease Specialist at LewisGale Hospital, says the United States is not unfamiliar with mixing and matching vaccinations, because it’s not an unfamiliar strategy.

“There is some data out of European studies we don’t have it in the United States, where they did mix and match AstraZeneca with Pfizer. They saw a more robust immune response,” said Chaudry.

According to Chaudry, vaccine-makers are still building on their safety data, but so far, it looks like mixing and matching can actually give you better results. However, there’s more to it than that.

“It also takes care of the supply chain issue if there is a shortage of one vaccine once there is an authorization to use the other type,” said Chaudry.

Some people say they’re ready to double down with a booster shot.

“I just got the J&J vaccine, and I am looking forward to getting the Moderna or Pfizer. I want to mix it,” said one Virginia Tech administrator.

However, others aren’t sold just yet.

“If that is what you originally got, and the boosters for those vaccines are not working on their own, I do not see a clinical application to mix and match drugs,” said Virginia Tech student Kate Kelly.

Booster shots are available for anyone 65 and older. They’re also up for grabs if you live or work in a high-risk setting, or if you have any underlying medical conditions that put you at a higher risk.

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