In order to prevent a “tripledemic” of COVID, RSV, and influenza throughout the autumn and winter, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve new COVID booster doses any day now. These shots are one of three immunisations that are set to be made available.
According to sources cited by NBC News on Thursday, the FDA might approve revised versions of COVID boosters as early as Friday, while it was noted that the authorization timeline might extend into the next week.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and its advisory group will make their own recommendations for who should receive the shots and how they should be administered after the FDA gives its approval. The Advisory Committee on Immunisation Practises of the organisation is due to vote on Tuesday. Soon after the meeting, Dr. Mandy Cohen, head of the CDC, might approve the boosters, allowing vaccines to begin right away.
Although advice is anticipated soon, the COVID rate is increasing in many places, including Illinois, which has many people wondering if they should act sooner rather than later.
It begs the question: Should you wait until the new injections are introduced or receive what is currently available if you aren’t up to date on your vaccinations?
In a lengthy interview with NBC Chicago conducted before she was let go from her position as commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health last month, Dr. Allison Arwady addressed COVID boosters and advised Illinoisans to think about delaying their vaccinations.
“You ought to wait. In late September or early October, we anticipate the release of a new vaccination, she stated in August. That will be a new update. The most recent version will be used to assist combat the omicron subvariants we’ve been seeing more frequently.
Officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health stated last month that updated requirements would result from a specific change in formulation and that new guidelines would be forthcoming.
The dominant XBB.1.5 strain of the virus is the focus of a new monovalent COVID booster that has been ordered by the FDA, according to officials.
The most recent dominant strains of the virus were the Omicron variations known as BA.4 and BA.5, and as such, COVID booster injections and initial doses are currently designed as “bivalent” vaccinations, providing protection against both the original strain of COVID that affected the U.S. in 2020 and these strains.
According to officials, the new monovalent vaccination doses will precisely target the XBB.1.5 strain, the most recent dominant strain to affect the U.S.
Anyone six months of age or older is advised to have a COVID immunisation, according to the most recent recommendations. A total of three doses of either the Moderna or the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, spaced four weeks apart, are advised for those who are entirely uninfected.
Bivalent booster doses of the vaccine are advised for everyone who has already received their initial doses, and if necessary, a second COVID booster dose for immunocompromised patients.
Visit Vax Verify through the IDPH if you need details about your COVID immunisation history, and you will be provided with that information.