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Moderna Leads The Authorized COVID Vaccines In Lasting Effectiveness

Volunteers in maroon shirts walk the neighborhood to let residents know about the Covid-19 vaccine location by AltaMed Health Services in Los Angeles, California on August 17, 2021. - LA County health officials will begin offering third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines for people with severely compromised immune systems this weekend. The CDC has revealed about 1.1 million people have already gotten a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines on their own, although it remains unclear how many did so due to their weakened immune systems. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)
Researchers say all three authorized COVID vaccines are good at keeping people out of the hospital, but Moderna seems to have the longest-lasting protection.

A head-to-head comparison of all three COVID-19 vaccines found Moderna is holding up better than Pfizer and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine provides the weakest protection. But the researchers stressed that all three vaccines are still providing strong protection against people getting so sick that they end up in the hospital.Researchers studied more than 3,000 people hospitalized between March and August. And found the Moderna vaccine was 93% effective at keeping people out the hospital and that protection appears to be holding steady. The Pfizer vaccine's protection fell from 91% effective to 77%. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine was 71% effective. The researchers speculated the Moderna vaccine may be the best because it uses a strong dose and spaced out the two shots a week longer.The FDA is weighing whether to approve a booster for the Pfizer vaccine. Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.