US FDA suggests switching to yearly COVID vaccinations
January 23, 2023 / 7:23 PM
Sharjah24 - Reuters: In an effort to streamline the nation's COVID-vaccine policy, the U.S. health authority on Monday suggested giving healthy persons one dose of the most recent updated COVID-19 injection yearly, comparable to the influenza immunization campaign.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also asked its panel of external advisers to consider the usage of two COVID vaccine shots a year for some young children, older adults and persons with compromised immunity.The regulator proposed the need for routine selection of variants for updating the vaccine, similar to the way strains for flu vaccines are changed annually, in briefing documents ahead of a meeting of its panel on Thursday.
The FDA hopes annual immunization schedules may contribute to less complicated vaccine deployment and fewer vaccine administration errors, leading to improved vaccine coverage rates.The agency's proposal was on expected lines, following its announcement of its intention for the update last month.
The Biden administration has also been planning for a campaign of vaccine boosters every fall season.