Covid-19 vaccine booster shots, at least for the Moderna Inc. and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, are likely to be pushed back somewhat, The Wall Street Journal reports. “The Food and Drug Administration needs more time to collect and assess the data on safety and efficacy,” federal health officials are advising.
“Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Wollensky and Acting Food and Drug Commissioner Janet Woodcock made the recommendation on Thursday (Sept. 2) in a meeting with Jeffrey Zients, the White House coronavirus coordinator, one of the people said.
“One official said the process for Pfizer remains on track but Moderna and J&J are likely to be pushed back beyond the week of Sept. 20. Last month, the Biden administration said people who had been vaccinated for eight months or longer should get a booster starting Sept. 20.
“The White House said it is awaiting a full review, clearance by the FDA and a recommendation by the CDC’s expert advisory panel.”
Assurances of safety and effectiveness are vital to the acceptance of vaccines.