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US States and Pharmacies Face Challenges on Booster Rollout

State health authorities and pharmacies are now facing challenges while rolling out plans for booster shots as they have more choices in their hands. Now the Americans can get the booster shots of any of the three vaccines as the federal agency has approved the booster shots of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson against coronavirus in the United States.

Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, has recommended the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna booster shots for Americans. Initially, the CDC has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech booster shots.

The CDC has given the green signal to a “mix-and-match” boosters plan so that the people who are qualified for booster shots can choose to accept a dose of a different type than the one they have received earlier.

US States and Pharmacies Face Challenges on Booster Rollout

As pharmacies, states, and doctors initiated trying to get these boosters, they have challenged lots of intricate problems. First of all, they have to understand whether people are eligible or not and respond to the questions about which booster shot people should get.

Very limited studies have shown that the booster doses of one of the two mRNA vaccines such as Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are more effective than a single booster dose of the J&J vaccine.

Medical providers are also facing other challenges such as reaching out to the neglected group of people including migrant workers and homeless people, who might have got the J&J vaccine that was only meant to the single-dose option and keeping in mind that people should get the accurate dose of a Moderna booster shot.

White House stated that the booster shots are available at about 40,000 local pharmacies and more than 80,000 locations across the United States.