FDA may soon approve mixing and matching of COVID-19 booster shots

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Food and Drug Administration could soon allow people to mix and match COVID-19 booster shots.

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It would allow for greater flexibility in how and where people get the booster shot.

Mixing and matching would mean more options for people.

Channel 9′s Christy Turner spoke to a doctor, who recommends sticking with the same brand for a booster for now.

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At the Barnett Park vaccine site, people like Fathalla Hassan say they are open to the idea.

“If the FDA says it was OK, I would definitely go for it,” Hassan said.

The New York Times reports the FDA may soon say any combination is OK, but still recommends you get a booster that matches your original dose.

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Early results from a recent study by the National Institutes of Health find getting a booster shot from a different brand appears to be safe and effective.

Dr. Tim Hendrix with AdventHealth suggests holding off on mixing and matching.

“Right now, I’m still recommending stay in your class,” he said. “Stay in your same vaccine type, just until we have the evidence and it’s been thoroughly vetted by the CDC.”

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Right now, only the Pfizer booster shot is available at the Barnett Park vaccine site.

Booster doses for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson shots have not been approved yet.

The change could happen as soon as Wednesday.

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