The editor of a British medical journal has called on the New York Times to correct a “misleading” article that said COVID-19 vaccine guidance in the United Kingdom allowed for mixing two different shots.
Fiona Godlee, editor-in-chief of the British Medical Journal, urged the Gray Lady to print a “highly visible correction” to the Jan. 1 article about a “mix-and-match vaccine regimen,” the BBC reported.
She said in a letter that it was “seriously misleading” for the paper to report that health officials allow patients to receive their second dose from a different coronavirus vaccine than the first one they were given.
While a different second dose is allowed to be considered in exceptional cases for patients who are an “immediate high risk,” experts don’t recommend the practice.
In the Times article, it was reported that the UK “quietly updated its vaccination playbook” to allow for doses from different drugmakers.
A Public Health England official told the Times that substitutions should occur