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How to know if you need a Covid-19 booster or not?
August 19, 2021

US health officers have presently suggested COVID-19 booster shots for totally immunized Americans. Let’s take a glance at what we all know regarding boosters and the way they might facilitate the fight the coronavirus. It’s common for the efficiency provided by immunity vaccines to decrease over time take for instance a tetanus booster is usually recommended to be taken every ten years. Researchers and health officers have observed the worldwide performance of the COVID-19 vaccines to visualize how long does its protection last among immunized people. The vaccines approved within the US continue to provide a high level of protection against severe Covid symptoms and completely prevent death. But laboratory blood tests have advised that antibodies do reduce over time. However, that said that does not mean that the level of protection completely ceases to exist.

The delta variant has once again posed the difficult question of whether the vaccine shall be enough on its own, creating a necessity for a booster. The variant delta is starting to spread at a time frame where initial immunity due to the vaccines could be reducing nationwide. Israel is providing a booster to citizens over fifty who have received the vaccine prior to 5 months ago. France and European Union have decided to supply boosters to some people within the fall. The European Union Medical Agencies are also researching how a booster would help in the fight against the delta variant. This all depends on when you got your second dose as most health officials recommend a booster shot after approximately eight months if you have taken the Moderna or Pfizer vaccinations. Officials continue to gather data from the public on the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine that is approved in the US in late February 2021 to have a better estimate on when to suggest for it to be followed by a booster shot.

The first citizens to be immunized within the US would probably be first in line for boosters too. Since Health care employees and elderly citizens were the first to receive the vaccination its likely that they shall be the first to receive a booster shot. Transplant recipients as well as immunocompromised citizens shall also need to receive a booster shot. As for those with a healthy immune system they shall receive the shots later onwards only to boost the effects of their initial doses and not to continue establishing protection as with the categories mentioned above. However, it is still unknown whether those who are vaccinated with a certain brand should get the booster shot from the same brand or not.

Access globally to the vaccine is crucial to curb the spread of Covid including its latest variants. The booster shot might reduce the resurgence of the Covid as well as reduce the effect of some of the variants.

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