Pfizer Study Shows COVID-19 Booster Can Be Given Along With Pneumonia Vaccine

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FILE PHOTO: A nurse fills syringes for patients as they receive their coronavirus disease (COVID-19) booster vaccine during a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination clinic in Southfield, Michigan, USA, September 29, 2021 REUTERS / Emily Elconin

Pfizer Inc said Wednesday that booster doses of its COVID-19 vaccine can be given along with its pneumonia vaccine and produced strong immune and safety responses in people 65 and older in a late-stage study.

The study, started in May, tested the company’s next-generation pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, PREVNAR 20, with a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 injection in 570 participants.

The aim of the study was to test the safety of the combination and the immune response after adding the pneumonia vaccine to the existing COVID-19 vaccine.

The company said the responses elicited by PREVNAR 20 and a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine were similar when given together or with a placebo.

The data provides evidence supporting the potential of administering PREVNAR 20 and the company’s COVID-19 vaccine at the same time, reducing the number of visits people make to doctors or pharmacies to receive the recommended immunization, Pfizer said.

PREVNAR 20 was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in June of last year to help protect adults against most invasive pneumococcal diseases and pneumonia.

Study participants were recruited from the companies’ late stage COVID-19 vaccine study and those who had received the second dose of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months prior to entering the co-administration study.

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