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What if the Moderna booster shot isn’t approved? A look at Israel

Worker uses Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
A worker readies a syringe with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Metairie, La. Close to 120,000 Palestinian workers who received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine about six months ago in Israel have lost their Green Passes, which allow them to enter restaurants, bars and cafes without proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
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Close to 120,000 Palestinian workers who received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine about six months ago in Israel have lost their Green Passes, which allow them to enter restaurants, bars and cafes without proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis told The Jerusalem Post that people who were vaccinated in the last six months or who recovered from a COVID-19 infection in that time can get a Green Pass, along with those who received a COVID-19 booster shot.

  • “We raised the question with the (Health Ministry’s advisory committee for epidemic control and coronavirus vaccines) and what they suggested is — because we do not have enough information about the waning of Moderna — to wait for the FDA approval,” Alroy-Preis told The Jerusalem Post.
  • “They are allowed to enter Israel, but if they need to go to a Green Pass (establishment), they need to take an antigen test like people who are unvaccinated,” she continued. “This is exactly a perfect example of how in pandemics sometimes we don’t have enough information and we need to make decisions along the way.”

Waiting for the Food and Drug Administration’s approval here in the U.S. might be a problem since the FDA seems skeptical of approving the Moderna COVID-19 booster.

Scientists with the FDA said Tuesday that the Moderna booster shot did not meet all the criteria necessary to receive full FDA support yet, according to Yahoo! News.

  • The FDA scientists said that Moderna’s original vaccine shots created enough antibody levels for recipients that a booster shot isn’t necessary.
  • Not to mention, some unnamed sources told Bloomberg that the FDA would probably suggest a half-dose for the coronavirus booster shot since the original doses of the Moderna vaccine were so strong.