Who should or may get the COVID-19 booster?
The CDC has made the Pfizer/BioTech booster available for people who received the Pfizer vaccine series more than six months ago and who meet the following criteria:
CDC says these individuals should get the booster:
- Adults over the age of 65
- Adults over the age of 18 who live in long-term care settings
- Adults age 50-64 with underlying medical conditions
CDC says these individuals may get the booster:
- Adults age 18-49 with underlying medical conditions
- Adults over the age of 18 who work in high-risk settings (i.e. first responders, teachers, front-line essential workers and healthcare providers)
- Adults over the age of 18 who live in high-risk settings (i.e. correctional facilities, homeless shelters)
What about people who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine series?
The FDA has currently only authorized the Pfizer booster for those who received the original Pfizer vaccine series. Moderna has submitted an application for emergency use authorization for its booster shot, which is expected to be discussed at an upcoming meeting of the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee. Johnson and Johnson has completed Phase 3 of clinical trials of its booster.
The CDC has also approved a third dose of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID vaccine for those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, which makes up only about 3 percent of the population. The third dose in this case is not considered a booster.
Why is a booster shot needed?
While the COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing severe illness and hospitalization, protection seems to be waning against mild and moderate cases of the disease. For more vulnerable populations, a booster shot is thought to enhance protection and further prevent complications from COVID.
Can you get a flu shot at the same time you get a COVID-19 booster shot?
Yes. In the early days of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution, people were dissuaded from receiving any other vaccine at the same time. But now after months of real-world data, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) says that the COVID-19 vaccine can be administered at the same time as other vaccines. If you’re eligible for a booster shot during the time it’s recommended to get a flu shot (during September and October for the majority of adults), it’s safe (and convenient!) to get both at the same appointment.
Is Brookdale making booster shots available to its residents?
Yes. Brookdale residents who received the Pfizer vaccine series at least six months ago are being offered the booster shot via on-site clinics beginning on Sept. 27.
Much more news on boosters is expected in the coming weeks, so to stay up-to-date make sure to visit the CDC’s COVID-19 site regularly.
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