VACCINE TEAM | When will there be a non-injected vaccine?
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - As we continue to watch vaccines roll out across Kentucky, we are here to answer your questions.
Is there a time frame for a non-injected vaccine?
There are a lot of people with a fear of needles.
The good news is several pharmaceutical companies across the world are working on developing alternatives to a shot. Some of the methods being tested include a pill, a nasal spray, a skin patch and even a lozenge.
In a recent report in Bloomberg, the chief scientist with the World Health Organization said a COVID-19 vaccine that does not require a needle may be available by late this year or next year.
If you had the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is it safe to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as a second dose?
The CDC says COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable.
The safety and efficacy of a mixed-vaccine series has not been tested.
The vaccines are also different types.
Moderna and Pfizer use MRNA technology and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine uses a more traditional virus-based technology.
The CDC does say in limited and rare situations, where patients received either Moderna and Pfizer, and can’t complete the series due to medical concerns. The one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine may be allowed, as long as there are at least 28 days between doses.
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