LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)- President Biden received his COVID-19 booster shot today. This comes after the CDC announced that a booster would be available to all Pfizer vaccine recipients that are eligible.
A third dose of the Pfizer vaccine is recommended for all that are 65 and older, those who are 50 and older with underlying health conditions, and for all adults that are immunocompromised.
Dr. Tina Stefanski, the regional medical director of the Office of Public Health, says that anyone that fits into those three categories should look into getting a third dose of the vaccine.
“The goal of these booster doses is to provide people with that boost to their antibody protection. Now, while the vaccines are still good and protecting us. We want to stay ahead of things, we want to boost individuals before we get to the point where the vaccines are really waning and not protecting against severe disease,” Dr. Stefanski said.
Those who are interested in getting a booster should be aware that they will have a similar reaction as they did when they got their first or second dose.
“So, you might have a sore arm, body aches, might not feel great for about 24 hours or so and then those symptoms should resolve very quickly. That's just your body's immune system reacting to that dose of vaccine,” she said.
A person that is eligible for a booster must wait at least six months after their fully vaccinated to receive their third dose.
“You realize that many people who were older individuals who are vaccinated probably January, February, so it is beyond that six-month period of time for many of these high-risk individuals. So again, it is recommended,” she said.
People who work or live in high risks settings, like first responders or school employees, are also eligible to get a booster shot.
” Younger people down to the age of 18 are eligible for these booster doses that you might want to talk to your doctor, do some research, consider your level of exposure, and consider your underlying health problems,” she said.
Only those who are immunocompromised are able to get a third dose of the Moderna vaccine.