U.S. CDC signs off on Moderna, J&J COVID-19 vaccine boosters, mix-and-match shots

By Manas Mishra and Julie Steenhuysen (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday recommended the COVID-19 vaccine boosters for recipients of the Moderna Inc and Johnson & Johnson shots, and said Americans can choose a different shot from their original inoculation as a booster. CDC director Rochelle Walensky signed off on the recommendations late on Thursday, aligning the agency with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s authorization on Wednesday for the additional boosters and “mix-and-match” dosing. Walensky said that vaccines authorized in the United States “are all highly effective in reducing the risk of