On Friday, Jan. 7, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended its Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, shortening the interval for a booster shot from six months to five months. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also supports this recommendation.
Moderna Booster Shot Interval Shortened to Five Months
New recommendation from CDC and FDA takes effect immediately
What this means for people seeking Moderna booster shots
People who have previously been vaccinated with Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine (a two-dose series) can now receive a booster dose five months after their second vaccination. Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) began accepting appointment requests for Moderna booster shots at this new shorter interval as of Monday, Jan. 10.
Vaccination remains the most important way to reduce spread of COVID-19, and booster shots help boost waning immunity, according to the FDA.
Possible side effects of booster shots
The most common side effects of the booster vaccine are mild and resolve within a few days. They include:
- Pain, redness and swelling at the injection site
- Muscle or joint pain
- Swollen lymph nodes in the underarm