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Health & Fitness Walmart and Walgreens begin rolling out Moderna and J&J boosters

03:05  23 october  2021
03:05  23 october  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc and Walmart Inc said on Friday that their U.S. pharmacies have started administering booster shots of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

It comes one day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved both companies' extra doses following the recommendations of its advisory committee.

The health agency also allowed fully vaccinated Americans be able to 'mix and match' Covid vaccines and booster shots.

This means people can receive a booster made by a company that is different than the one that made the vaccine they initially received.

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In addition to the Pfizer-BioNTech booster shots that began rolling out last month, it means as many as 100 million Americans may be eligible to get an extra dose.

a sign above a store: Walmart and Walgreens pharmacies have begun rolling out boosters shots of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. Pictured: A person enters a Walgreens store in San Francisco, April 2021 © Provided by Daily Mail Walmart and Walgreens pharmacies have begun rolling out boosters shots of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. Pictured: A person enters a Walgreens store in San Francisco, April 2021

Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies are ready to administer all three authorized booster shots, Walmart. said.

Meanwhile CVS Health Corp told Reuters that booster shots of Moderna's vaccine were available at select stores, but not J&J's.

In August, the company stopped offering J&J shots at its pharmacies after reports that the one-shot vaccine was linked to side effects including rare blood clots and a rare autoimmune disorder than can lead to temporary paralysis.

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'We will provide Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine booster shots to eligible individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine as their primary vaccination,' a CVS spokesperson said on Friday.

Rite Aid Corp did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comment on their plans to roll out J&J and Moderna vaccine boosters.

U.S. health regulators have recommended a second dose of J&J's single-dose COVID-19 vaccine for 18-year-olds and above who received the first shot at least two months earlier.

It came after the company published data in September looking at the effectiveness of a second dose given 56 days after the first in adults 18 and older.


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Results showed a booster shot was 94 percent effective against symptomatic COVID-19 and 100 percent effective against critical illness at least 14 days post-vaccination.

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This compares to 70 percent protection seen with a single dose.

There was only one case of COVID-19 in the vaccine group and 14 in the placebo group.

J&J said that a booster given two months after the first dose increased antibody levels between four-fold and six-fold.

When given six months after the first dose, antibody levels shot up nine-fold after one week and 12-fold after four weeks.

Moderna presented data at a CDC advisory committee meeting on Thursday showing a booster raised antibody levels between 23-fold and 44-folld © Provided by Daily Mail Moderna presented data at a CDC advisory committee meeting on Thursday showing a booster raised antibody levels between 23-fold and 44-folld

Health officials also recommended a third shot of Moderna's two-dose vaccine six months after the second dose for people aged at least 65 and those at high risk of severe disease and exposure to the virus through their jobs.

The company presented data at the CDC's advisory committee meeting on Thursday showing a booster raised antibody levels between 23-fold and 44-fold.

The firm also revealed that  people who received its COVID-19 vaccine last year are nearly twice as likely to get a breakthrough infection compared to those recently vaccinated.

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There were 88 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 among Americans vaccinated from December 2020 to March 2021.

Comparatively, there were 162 cases - 1.8 times as many - among those vaccinated between July 2020 and December 2020.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company said the data provided evidence for giving booster doses to fully vaccinated people.

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The FDA and CDC last month signed off on booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer for the same groups as for Moderna.

U.S. pharmacy chains including Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS began administering booster doses of Pfizer's shot at their stores on September 24.

About 11.6 million people have received additional doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines since August 13, when immunocompromised Americans started receiving additional doses, CDC data show.

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