Officials at the COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Nacogdoches, upon opening, immediately noticed an uptick in the number of people seeking a vaccine. Almost all patrons were there to receive a COVID-19 booster shot.
The agency is preparing to OK getting a different brand of booster shot than the one a person initially received. The New York Times reported the FDA might note that getting the same vaccine as a booster is preferable, but it is not planning to recommend one shot over the other.
Bills intended to block any Texas entity, including hospitals and private businesses, from mandating COVID-19 vaccines for employees failed to pass the Texas Legislature before lawmakers adjourned the third special legislative session early Tuesday morning.
J&J has asked the Food and Drug Administration for flexibility with its booster, arguing the extra dose adds important protection as early as two months after initial vaccination - but that it might work better if people wait until six months later.
Thursday, advisers to the Food and Drug Administration evaluated the evidence that Moderna boosters should be offered, too -- and on Friday, they’ll tackle the same question for those who got Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine.
In an online review, FDA scientists didn’t reach a firm conclusion, citing shortcomings with J&J’s data, including little information on protection against the extra-contagious delta variant of the coronavirus.
On Thursday and Friday, the Food and Drug Administration convenes its independent advisers for the first stage in the process of deciding whether extra doses of the two vaccines should be dispensed and, if so, who should get them and when. The final go-ahead is not expected for at least another week.
If cleared by the Food and Drug Administration — a decision that could come in a matter of weeks — it would be the first pill shown to treat the illness. All other FDA-backed treatments against COVID-19 require an IV or injection.
The Department of State Health Services is launching a new statewide COVID education campaign today to encourage families and Texans aged 12 and older to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves, their friends, and the community.
By MICHELLE R. SMITH, SCOTT BAUER and MIKE CATALINI
At a time when the surgeon general says misinformation has become an urgent threat to public health, an investigation by The Associated Press found a vocal and influential group of chiropractors has been capitalizing on the pandemic by sowing fear and mistrust of vaccines.