COVID Booster Shots

COVID-19 is now considered an endemic virus due to declining case and hospitalization rates as well as the increased availability of vaccines, treatments, and rapid testing. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 vaccine boosters can further enhance or restore protection that might have waned over time after your primary series vaccination. 

People in certain groups or situations are now eligible to get a 2nd COVID-19 booster. If you are eligible, it is up to you whether to get a 2nd booster right now, based on the benefits and risks of a 2nd booster. Your healthcare provider can help you review your options. Here are factors to think about as you consider a 2nd booster.

Right now, you are eligible for a 2nd COVID-19 booster if you:

  • Are 50 years of age or older and got your 1st booster at least 4 months ago
  • Are 12 years of age or older, and are moderately or severely immunocompromisedand got your 1st booster at least 4 months ago
  • Are 18 years of age or older and got 2 doses of J&J/Janssen vaccine at least 4 months ago.

    The CDC website contains additional information to help you decide whether and when to obtain a 2nd booster.

Fortunately, vaccines are available at a variety of locations in the Lowcountry and throughout the U.S. To locate a vaccination site convenient to you in S.C., click here or call 1-855-472-3432. To locate a site anywhere in the U.S., click here. It’s often necessary to make an appointment at the site to receive a vaccine and this can usually be done online at the site’s website. Bring your vaccination card to your appointment.

Testing is another important way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 2 sets of 4 free at-⁠home tests. If you already ordered your first set, order a second today at covidtests.gov. Click here to read more from a recent Tidelines article.

Tidelines Editors

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

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