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US FDA allows emergency use of 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccines for immunocompromised people

The FDA determined that this small, vulnerable group may benefit from a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna Vaccines

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Washington: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the emergency use of the third dose of both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines against COVID-19 for immunocompromised people.

“The country has entered yet another wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the FDA is especially cognizant that immunocompromised people are particularly at risk for severe disease. After a thorough review of the available data, the FDA determined that this small, vulnerable group may benefit from a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna Vaccines,” acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said on late Thursday, as quoted by the body’s statement.

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“Today’s action allows doctors to boost immunity in certain immunocompromised individuals who need extra protection from COVID-19. As we’ve previously stated, other individuals who are fully vaccinated are adequately protected and do not need an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine at this time,” Woodcock added.

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