COVID Vaccine Boosters: US Exploring Ways To Get Immunocompromised People An Extra Dose
Dosing is capped under emergency use authorizations, but studies show reduced antibody response following primary vaccination series in individuals with compromised immune systems; although BLA approval could allow for off-label prescribing, government officials are exploring other regulatory options for earlier access, including through a study.
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Reports indicate a 13 August CDC advisory committee meeting may be used to address an amended FDA emergency use authorization to allow immunosuppressed Americans to get additional COVID-19 vaccine doses. Such a move would not run afoul of the World Health Organization’s plea for a moratorium on boosters in the general population until much of the world initially can be vaccinated.
Agency is pledging to act well ahead of the six-month review deadline in reviewing full applications for COVID 19 vaccines that are already authorized for emergency use. Going too fast may be counterproductive, in more ways than one.
Benefits of the one-shot vaccine outweigh risk, ACIP members agree. One member says he supports its availability but would personally recommend mRNA vaccines instead.