Are you allowed to mix and match your COVID-19 vaccines for the booster shots? The Food and Drug Administration might soon make it possible, The New York Times reports.

The FDA may soon allow Americans to receive a different coronavirus vaccine for a booster shot than the one they originally got for their full vaccination, according to The New York Times.

  • This move “could reduce the appeal of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and provide flexibility to doctors and other vaccinators,” per The New York Times.

The U.S. government would not recommend one COVID-19 vaccine over another. Instead, it might suggest getting a booster shot of the same COVID-19 vaccine you originally got to keep things simple.

  • Vaccine providers might recommend a different brand of the vaccine for people, too, according to The New York Times.

There is already data out there about mix and matching your booster vaccine. A study released last week found that the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters created stronger immunity than the Johnson & Johnson booster, even when mixed with other vaccines.

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The strongest vaccine combo proved to be those who got the Moderna vaccine and the Moderna booster shot. This combo created the best immune response, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

  • However, those who got the original Pfizer shots with the Moderna booster and those who got the Moderna shots with the Pfizer booster had high immunity, too, according to a study, which came from the National Institutes of Health.
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