The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved updated COVID-19 booster shots for this Fall.
The go ahead is for the Moderna and Pfizer formulations of the vaccines for use as a single booster dose at least two months following primary or booster vaccination.
The Moderna is authorized for use as a single booster dose in individuals 18 years of age and older, while the Pfizer is approved for use as a single booster dose in individuals 12 years of age and older.
“The COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters, continue to save countless lives and prevent the most serious outcomes (hospitalization and death) of COVID-19,” said FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, M.D. “As we head into fall and begin to spend more time indoors, we strongly encourage anyone who is eligible to consider receiving a booster dose with a bivalent COVID-19 vaccine to provide better protection against currently circulating variants.”
According to the FDA, the updated boosters include an mRNA component of the original strain to provide an immune response that is broadly protective against COVID-19 and an mRNA component in common between the omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5 lineages to provide better protection against COVID-19 caused by the omicron variant.
The health agency said the boosters are expected to provide increased protection against the currently circulating omicron variant. The Food and Drug Administration advised companies only two months ago on the formulation that they should adopt for the new vaccines. By later this week, millions of those doses will be delivered to states.
New daily PCR cases: 1,642; Probable Cases: 640
Total Cases: 2,676,932 (2,276,558 PCR cases, 400,374 probable cases)
New Confirmed Deaths: 17 (1 probable deaths, 34,562 total deaths)
Rate of Transmission: 0.89, the same as the day before
Percent Positivity: 10.7% as of Aug. 26; by region, the rate was 10.6% in the North, 10.6% in the Central region and 11.1% in the South
Bergen County: 179 New Cases, 67 Probable Cases, 3,206 deaths, 336 probable deaths
Essex County: 161 New Cases, 69 Probable Cases, 3,361 deaths, 313 probable deaths
Hudson County: 137 New Cases, 39 Probable Cases, 2,550 total deaths, 221 probable deaths
Morris County: 60 New Cases, 49 Probable Cases, 1,299 deaths, 306 probable deaths
Passaic County: 99 New Cases, 29 Probable Cases, 2,177 deaths, 204 probable deaths
Sussex County: 27 New Cases, 9 Probable Cases, 410 deaths, 97 probable deaths
Warren County: 17 New Cases, 11 Probable Cases, 324 deaths, 28 probable deaths
Hospitalizations: 956 (385 North; 283 Central; and 288 South)
Patients in intensive care units: 116
Patients on ventilators: 38
Patients discharged: 155
The state dashboard showed all 71 hospitals in the state reporting
Long-term Care Facilities
Facilities currently reporting one case: 395 (3,120 overall)
Current number of residents: 6,758 (55,771 overall)
Current number of staffers: 6,585 (44,927 overall)
Number of Deaths: 9,544 overall (8,737 reported by facilities, 139 staff deaths)
Total number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in New Jersey: 14,718,354 (14,203,523 in-state, plus an additional 514,831 administered out-of-state)
Fully Vaccinated: 7,026,857 (6,817,138 in state and another 209,719 out of state). By county, 739,895 in Bergen County, 613,011 in Essex, 545,179 in Hudson, 395,549 in Morris, 368,775 in Passaic, 94,637 in Sussex, and 62,494 in Warren.
Booster Shots: 4,259,670 (2,356,003 Pfizer, 1,829,886 Moderna and 73,781 Johnson & Johnson)