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Now is the Time to Schedule Your Next COVID Booster Shot!

Written By Senior Living by Youngstown Area Jewish Federation

Now is the time to schedule your next COVID Booster Shot

As we head into cooler weather, it is time to think about how to best support your immune system as we begin to think about the upcoming holidays. This is especially key for older adults and those who are immunocompromised. When you schedule your yearly flu vaccine, you should consider the benefits of planning a COVID-19 booster shot.

“If you are eligible, there is no bad time to get your COVID-19 booster. I strongly encourage you to receive it,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told NPR on September 5, 2022.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently authorized a second booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 mRNA vaccines for adults over 50 or those who are immunocompromised. This may be administered four months after receiving an initial booster dose. The CDC also recommends that people that fall in these categories receive their second booster. However, if you recently had a COVID infection, the experts suggest that you delay receiving the booster by three months after the positive test.

According to the CDC, “People 65 and older who received both doses of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines showed a 94% reduced risk of COVID-19 related hospitalization.”

As for thinking about the upcoming holidays, there is no time to delay preparing your immune system since it does take a few weeks to prime your immune system.

As reported by NPR on September 5, 2022, “It does take a few weeks for our immune systems to be primed,” says Dr. Aniruddha Hazra, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Chicago. However, he says waiting until a surge is already underway could be risky.


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