Important news about Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine booster

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Pfizer Inc. said on Wednesday booster doses of its COVID-19 vaccine can be administered along with its pneumonia vaccine and produced strong safety and immune responses in people aged 65 and above in a late-stage study.
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The initiation of the study exploring the coadministration of PREVNAR 20 along with a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in older adults was announced in May 2021. 

On Wednesday, the company announced positive top-line results from a Phase 3 study describing the safety and immunogenicity of PREVNAR 20 (Pneumococcal 20-valent Conjugate Vaccine) in 570 adults in the United States 65 years of age or older when administered at the same time as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or when each vaccine was given with placebo.

Pfizer is steadfast in its commitment to address the burden of certain respiratory diseases while raising awareness of the importance of adult immunizations,

said Kathrin U. Jansen, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Head of Vaccine Research & Development, Pfizer.

“These new safety and immunogenicity data provide further evidence supporting the potential to administer PREVNAR 20 and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine at the same time, thereby reducing the number of visits adults make to their doctor’s office or pharmacy for recommended immunization.

"As the COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses continue to be administered, we believe that healthcare providers have an opportunity to talk to their adult patients about other recommended vaccines in line with CDC guidance.”

On 8 June, 2021, Pfizer announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved PREVNAR 20, which is the U.S. trade name, for the prevention of invasive disease and pneumonia in adults age 18 years or older. 

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