Moderna vs Pfizer: Is it OK to mix and match the updated COVID-19 booster shots?

As residents prepare to roll up their sleeves for a third, fourth or even fifth dose of COVID-19 vaccine, some may be wondering: Do I need to stick with the same brand, or is it safe to mix it up?

When it comes to the new COVID-19 Omicron bivalent booster, the answer is, yes, you can mix and match.

You can get either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna version, regardless of which offering you previously received.

“The best booster for you is the one that you can get — either the Pfizer or the Moderna can be used, and they can be mixed or matched,” said Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, epidemiologist and infectious disease expert at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. “If there’s shortages of one, you should not have hesitancy to take the other.”

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