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August 19, 2021
We’ve been hearing about booster shots for the COVID-19 vaccine for a few months, and now it looks like they’re finally here.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention released a joint statement with the U.S Department of Health and Human Services about the plan for COVID-19 booster shots for the American people.
Here are some facts about the COVID-19 booster shots.
Why will we need a booster shot?
Scientific studies have shown us the protection the available COVID-19 vaccines – Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson – does decrease over time, and the Delta variant has shown evidence the vaccines aren’t quite as effective against it, CDC Director Dr. Walensky said in the statement.
A booster shot will be needed to maximize the protection from severe disease, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.
Who will get the booster?
Last week, the CDC issued a recommendation for a booster shot for people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems.
That has now expanded to include all Americans are recommended to get a booster shot.
When will I need a booster?
The CDC says the booster shot should come eight months after an individual’s second dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. The CDC says they are prepared to offer booster shots for all Americans beginning the week of September 20.
The CDC anticipates booster shots will be needed for people who received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but is currently waiting on more data to make a more accurate decision.
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