The third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is already available. In this article, we want to share what is known so far about this booster.
It is important to note that recommendations may change based on the scientific information available, so you should frequently check the updates provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It is worth noting that, at this point, a third dose or booster has only been recommended for those who received Pfizer vaccines. Although the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are also expected to have a booster.
Vaccines Are Effective
Some people may think that the need for a booster means that vaccines are not effective. On the contrary, studies show that vaccines are proving to be effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalizations, and deaths, even in the face of the Delta variant.
Who Gets Priority?
Right now, the booster is available to people 65 years or older. Also, to 18 years and older who are immunocompromised due to illness or medical treatments or live or work in high risks environments.
When Can I Get My Third Dose?
Immunocompromised patients are recommended to receive the booster dose at least 28 days after the second dose. As for the rest of the population, a booster dose is expected to be recommended at least 6 months after the second dose.
In addition, scientists recommend that the third dose or booster be the same brand as the initial vaccines. If you received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you should wait for the booster approval to those vaccines.
If you have not yet been vaccinated and want to protect yourself and your loved ones from this dangerous virus, visit a community vaccination center as soon as possible.