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What you need to know about the booster shot that may be available Sept. 20

Booster shots are likely to become available Sept. 20, but only to certain people.

The FDA isn’t set to consider the booster until Sept. 17, and until then only immunocompromised people can get them.

If the FDA does approve a booster, it’ll likely only be for Pfizer, the only FDA approved vaccine.


The FDA and CDC need more data for the Moderna vaccine, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine won’t have data for months.

The mixing of different brands has also not been approved, so the only people who will be able to get the booster are those who got the Pfizer brand.

In order to be eligible for the booster Sept. 20, the FDA needs to approve it beforehand, you must have had two Pfizer doses, and the second dose must have been on or before Jan. 20, 2021.

Almost 1.1 million people have had a third dose of the vaccine against medical advice.



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