The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says some Americans who received the COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago are now eligible for a booster dose.
Not everyone can get a booster. But if you belong to one of these five groups and originally received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, you qualify.
The CDC says people fall into the following three groups Should Get a booster if at least six months have passed since the original vaccination:
- People aged 65 and over
- Population aged 18 and over in long-term care facilities
- People aged 50 to 64 years with underlying medical conditions
The CDC says people are in two other groups may be Get the booster if at least six months have passed since your original vaccination, depending on your ‘individual benefits and risks’:
- People between the ages of 18 and 49 with underlying medical conditions
- People between the ages of 18 and 64 are at increased risk of exposure and transmission of COVID-19 due to the professional or institutional environment.
It is worth emphasizing that these booster recommendations apply only to those who have received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which is a two-dose series under the brand name Comirnaty. The CDC also urges you to speak with your doctor before getting a booster.
Studies have found that protection from COVID-19 appears to diminish over time in people who have been vaccinated, according to the CDC. This makes these people more susceptible to the delta type that is now spreading across the United States and around the world.
While initial vaccines still appear to protect against severe disease, “recent data suggest that vaccination is less effective at preventing infection or mild illness with symptoms,” says the CDC.
In addition, new evidence indicates that the effectiveness of the vaccine against COVID-19 infection is decreasing over time among health care workers and other frontline workers. This is likely a result of reduced protection from the vaccine over time and an increase in the infection rate in the delta variant.
Research suggests that getting a booster dose can be helpful in preventing serious diseases. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
Data from a small clinical trial show that a booster dose of Pfizer-BioNTech increased the immune response in trial participants who finished their initial series 6 months earlier. As the immune response increases, people should have improved protection against COVID-19, including the delta variant. “
If you are a booster candidate and would like to get one, you can visit the CDC website to find a vaccine site near you.
For more news on COVID-19, check out:
Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click on links in our Stories.