covid-19 booster shot q & a
November 1, 2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded the eligibility criteria for COVID-19 booster shots, giving more people access to increased protection against coronavirus.
Thinking about a COVID-19 booster shot? Then consider getting your flu shot during the same appointment to lower your risk of contracting other seasonal illnesses.
Who is Eligible for the COVID-19 Booster?
You can have a booster shot if you received the Pfizer/BioTech or Moderna shot more than six months ago.
According to the CDC, those who should receive the shot include:
- Adults 65 and older
- Adults 18 and older who live in a long-term care facility
- Adults 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions
Vaccinated individuals who may receive the booster include:
- Adults 18 to 39 with underlying medical conditions
- Adults 18 and older who work in high-risk environments such as first responders, hospital staff, care facility staff and teachers
- Adults 18 and older who live in high-risk settings such as homeless shelters and correctional facilities
You may also receive a booster shot if you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two months ago.
Why Should I Get a Booster Shot?
Reinforced immunity: While your original vaccine helps prevent severe illness and potential hospitalization, the COVID booster shot will lower your risk of developing mild to moderate coronavirus symptoms.
More antibodies: The booster shot teaches your body to recognize and fight against the proteins found in coronavirus. Studies suggest that Pfizer and Moderna boosters increase an individual’s number of antibodies ten times over.
Decrease the likelihood of significant infection: If you contract COVID-19, having the booster shot may ease your symptoms and reduce their severity and duration.
Can I Get a Different Brand of Booster Shot?
Yes. The CDC authorized mixing booster shots if you choose to receive one that isn’t the same brand as your original vaccine.
Can I Get My Flu Shot with the Booster?
It’s encouraged that you get your flu shot and COVID booster at the same time because it’s still important to stay on top of your regular seasonal vaccinations.
Your flu shot reduces the likelihood of developing symptoms that could worsen if you contract COVID-19. A flu shot is highly recommended for people with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes.
Receiving both shots simultaneously is more convenient since you won’t have to schedule separate appointments. Getting vaccinated can reduce the spread of disease, so you’ll protect your loved ones as well.