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Information about the Covid-19 Booster Shot


TL;DR (2-minute read)

  • The booster shot of the Covid vaccine is simply another dose of the initial vaccine, although it may be slightly tweaked to better combat the Delta variant.
  • Everyone who received the vaccine is expected to receive the booster shot about 8 months after their second dose.
  • Getting the booster shot will boost and maintain people’s immunity of COVID-19. It’s also important to note that the booster shot is entirely different from getting a third dose of the vaccine. 
  • It is still everyone’s choice whether they choose to get the vaccine or not. 

Despite the optimism many scientists gave during the summer, the Delta variant of COVID-19 has been wreaking havoc on the world. Although many people are starting to get vaccinated as the Pfizer vaccine became FDA approved, the CDC has just announced that a booster shot will be needed along with the first and second doses of the vaccine. So, why is it necessary? And who needs it? 

What Actually is the Booster Shot? 

According to Yale Medicine, a booster shot is really just another dose of the vaccine. Most kids receive booster shots for common diseases such as “chickenpox, tetanus, diphtheria, mumps, measles, and rubella”. The booster shot mostly helps boost immunity and reduces symptoms if someone does end up catching the illness. This may be confused with getting an additional dose of the vaccine, which is typically offered to extremely immunocompromised people. An additional dose is offered when people can’t build enough antibodies from the first 2 doses.

Who Needs It? 

According to the CDC, everyone will be expected to get the booster shot. This process will begin 8 months after they’ve received their second dose. Doses will be administered starting the week of September 20. Since high-risk people and health care providers were among the first to get the vaccine, they will probably be the first to receive the booster shot. 

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Why Should I Get It?

In this case, the booster shot will help protect your from the coronavirus and alleviate any symptoms you may experience if you get sick. Furthermore, the booster shot can be tweaked to target the Delta variant. Getting a booster shot may be confused with getting an additional dose of the vaccine, which is typically offered to extremely immunocompromised people but is completely different. Typically, in the 6 months after receiving your 2 doses, your immunity slightly decreases. This is called waning immunity, but it is completely normal. The booster shot will bring your immunity right back up and maintain it. An additional dose is only offered when people can’t build enough antibodies and immunity from the first 2 doses. 

Even though it is highly recommended that a booster shot is administered, the public has mixed feelings. In a survey conducted by Morning Consult between August 19-22,, 58% of Americans would get the booster shot. 6% of those people also said that they had already gotten a booster shot, even though it isn’t recommended to get one until the fall. Despite all of these statistics, the bottom line is this; it is still entirely your choice whether you get the vaccine and the booster shot that goes with it. The most important thing you can do is be informed and educated. 

Sources:

https://www.yalemedicine.org/news/covid-19-booster

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0818-covid-19-booster-shots.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html

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