Vaccines Remain the Best Tool to End the Pandemic
As COVID-19 booster dose recommendations continue to evolve, we are reminded to not lose sight of the importance of vaccinating the unvaccinated. “This remains one of the most important tools in ending this Pandemic,” reminds Millennium Physician Group Chief Medical Office Alejandro Perez-Trepichio. “If you haven’t yet done so, please get vaccinated; to protect not only yourself but your loved ones and those who cannot get vaccinated.”
COVID-19 Booster Doses Recommended for More Americans
With the delta variant’s dominance as the circulating strain across the U.S., a booster shot will help strengthen protection against severe disease for those who are at high risk for exposure to COVID-19 or severe complications.
The CDC has released updated interim guidance extending to millions of high-risk Americans who have received the full vaccination with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the recommendation to receive a THIRD dose (booster shot) to increase their protection. “There remains a lot of confusion about who’s eligible for a booster and when,” admits Dr. Perez-Trepichio. The CDC’s official recommendations for each of the booster doses are:
Pfizer-BioNTech: Earlier in September, was initially authorized ONLY for those moderately to severely immunocompromised 28 days or more after their second dose. NOW, the following groups are also eligible for a booster dose at least 6 months after receiving both Pfizer vaccination:
- Moderately and severely immunocompromised people 18 and older
- 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
- 18+ who work in high-risk settings
- 18+ who live in high-risk settings
Moderna remains authorized as a booster ONLY for moderately to severely immunocompromised people, but has not yet been granted approval for the above-listed groups.
Johnson & Johnson:
Regulatory agencies (FDA and CDC) have not yet offered a recommendation on booster shots for those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, though it is expected to happen within the next few weeks.
“As the CDC continues to monitor the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 booster doses, Millennium will keep you updated with appropriate recommendations to keep you and our team members safe,” advises Dr. Perez-Trepichio.
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