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Hampton Roads health officials await CDC approval for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters

CDC director signed off on recommendation Thursday night
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Posted at 4:31 PM, Oct 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-21 21:23:27-04

NORFOLK, Va. – Health officials in Hampton Roads are asked the public to wait for the official announcement before they come out to Military Circle Mall expecting to get a COVID-19 booster from Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given its authorization for boosters of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson shots. A panel with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) met Thursday and announced its recommendation.

“What we’re thinking is going to happen is that the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will get approved as boosters and then there will be opportunities to mix and match,” said Dr. Parham Jaberi, acting district health director for the Norfolk Health Department, before the CDC's approval.

Health officials say that some people did show up to Military Circle on Thursday morning hoping to get a booster and were turned away. They recommended waiting for the announcement, which came Thursday night after CDC Director Dr. Rachelle Walensky signed off on it.

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Dr. Jaberi recommends scheduling an appointment through one of the following ways:

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