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CDC says eligible people can mix and match booster shots

Empty vials of Johnson & Johnson's one-dose coronavirus vaccine at a mobile vaccination site in Uniondale, N.Y. (Mary Altaffer/AP)
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The nation’s top public health official on Thursday endorsed recommendations from expert advisers for mixing and matching of coronavirus vaccines for booster shots as they unanimously recommended additional doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s shots for tens of millions of Americans.

The panel specifically backed those companies’ boosters for people deemed vulnerable because of their age, health or occupation. It said that consumers should be allowed to choose from any of the three boosters now authorized in the United States, no matter which vaccine they first received.

Members directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide further guidance about which groups might benefit from choosing one booster over another, noting the risks and benefits vary based on age and sex, among other factors.

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