A local medical expert weighs in on the possibility of mixing vaccines in the U.S.

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — As the fight against the coronavirus continues, the question about “will I need a booster shot” is being asked frequently, but also, what about the possibility of “mixing” different vaccines?

Doctor George Narby, the Chief Medical Officer at Southeast Health said there isn’t much data to prove whether getting the first dose of one vaccine and the second dose of another will build a stronger response in fighting the virus.

Doctor Narby said in situations where there are “tantalizing stories” and some evidence but not a universal recommendation, that usually indicates that research and suggestions are in progress.

He said only more research and time will determine for sure whether or not cross-vaccinating would create better immunity.

“There is evidence to suggest that people who cross-vaccinate get one vaccine of one type, and later down the line get a different vaccine of another type, have enhanced immunity and enhance immune response,” said Narby.

Narby tells WDHN he knows it’s almost a cliche by now, but he can’t emphasize enough the importance of vaccines and says each of the three types offers the protection needed to keep hospitalizations and deaths at a minimum, especially with the Delta variant spreading so quickly.

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