Do you have questions regarding the recommended COVID-19 booster shots? You’re not alone.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends COVID-19 booster shots for all eligible candidates. The reasoning behind this recommendation is based on data from clinical trials.
Over time the number of antibodies in your body decreases, putting your immunity response below the level needed for protection against COVID. Your body may have a difficult time preventing infection in the event of exposure to the virus.
A vaccination booster, given sometime after the first vaccination course, helps boost the level of antibodies in your body above the protection threshold.
Here’s what you need to know about COVID-19 boosters;
- If you received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccination, get your booster at least six months after completing your initial COVID-19 vaccination series
- If you received the Johnson & Johnson’s vaccination, get your booster six months after completing your initial COVID-19 vaccination series
- If you are 18 years or older, you may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot. Some people may prefer the vaccine type they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots
- The FDA and CDC have approved Pfizer booster shots for 16 and 17-year-olds
- Bring your vaccination card with you to your booster appointment so your provider can fill in the information about your booster shot
- Recorded side-effects are minimal and the known and potential risks of COVID-19 far outweigh any temporary discomfort. Contact your healthcare provider if side-effects are worrying or do not go away after a few days.
How effective are the booster shots?
Studies show that the antibody levels after a booster dose are higher than those after the first course of vaccinations. And individuals who have received their booster are 10 times less likely to get infected with COVID-19.
This is welcome news with holiday traveling and gatherings amping up!
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, check out the CDC information site here.