Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine Packaging Poses Booster Tracking, Safety Surveillance Challenges, Experts Say
Since company is using same vial and NDC code for primary series and booster dose, which is half the amount, immunization registries will not be able to capture how much Moderna vaccine an individual actually gets for their third dose.
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Discrete packaging for authorized dose in 6-11 year-olds is not yet available, so vaccination providers have to use product from a vial labeled for ‘booster doses only’ in adults. ACIP members unanimously endorse use of the mRNA vaccine in individuals ages 6-17 years but urge manufacturers to move away from relying on color to differentiate formulations.
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