Vaccine booster shot

You may need a Covid-19 booster shot

As of August 16, the CDC strongly urges vaccination against the Covid-19 virus. Do you have a compromised immune system? You got your second mRNA vaccine shot at least 28 days ago? Please consider getting a third shot, a Covid-19 vaccine booster shot. This includes if you have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
    [CDC guidelines]

No other population should get booster shots at this time.

Why would I need a vaccine booster shot?

If you have a suppressed immune system, you are immunocompromised. Some immunocompromised people don’t always build the same level of immunity after vaccination the way non-immunocompromised people do. As a result, they may benefit from an additional dose to ensure adequate protection against COVID-19. In some studies, fully vaccinated but immunocompromised people have accounted for a large proportion of hospitalized “breakthrough cases.” That suggests immunocompromised people are more likely to transmit the virus to household contacts.

Which booster vaccine should I get?

A Covid-19 booster shot should be the same mRNA vaccine you got the first and second time. Try not to mix. So, if you got Moderna’s mRNA vaccine, get it again. If you got Pfizer’s, get Pfizer again. If you got Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, don’t get a booster at this time. J&J’s Janssen is still being studied regarding Covid-19 booster shots.

Not vaccinated?

Vaccination is our best protection against being hospitalized or dying from the Covid-19 virus. The vaccines are highly effective but may need a Covid-19 vaccine booster shot.

Everyone 12+ eligible for free COVID-19 vaccination

Texas’s Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel recommends vaccination for everyone who falls under the current Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorizations:

  • FDA has given all vaccines available in the U.S. emergency authorization for people 18 years old and older.
  • They also gave Pfizer vaccine emergency use authorization for people 12 years old and older.

Vaccines.gov is the CDC website that helps people find vaccines in their area.

You are our top priority here at Vedas. Located in The Woodlands, Texas, our North Houston office is only minutes from I-45 (Houston’s North Freeway). Come in for your free consultation for personalized information. Come get acquainted with Dr. Nangrani, our board-certified Medical Director. She has practiced for over 15 years. Please call our office to schedule your consultation at (281) 298-5476.

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