Get your second J&J dose ASAP say health experts after FDA advisory committee recommended approval of checkered vaccine: Protection fell from 88% in March to just 3% in August, study finds
Experts are urging anyone who received Johnson & Johnson‘s COVID vaccine to get a booster shot after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee unanimously voted to recommend a second dose to everyone 18 and up.
The advisory committee, made up of an array of public health experts, announced on Friday that all adults who were vaccinated with the one-dose vaccine get a second shot at least two months after their first.
One study, released Thursday but not peer-reviewed, tracked more than 620,000 military veterans who received the vaccine and found that protection fell from 88% in March to just 3% in August.
‘There is a public health imperative here, because what we’re seeing is that this is a group with overall lower efficacy than we have seen with the mRNA vaccines,’ Dr. Arnold Monto, the committee’s acting chairman and a professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health said.
‘So there is some urgency there to do something.’
In comparison, Moderna’s vaccine effectiveness fell from 92% to 64% and Pfizer’s vaccine protection dropped from 91% to 50%.
Nearly 15 million Americans received the J&J vaccine, with nearly 91% of them having gotten the shot more than two months ago, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
(So, the shots you only needed two of, to be set for life, requires a booster every three to six months, and the one-shot-does-all now requires a booster every 2 months. Ok then.)