Now that we’re now into 11 months of COVID vaccine availabilty, for those who got the injections, your immunity is decreasing with time and less resistant to the Delta variant. Don’t be alarmed – they are still very effective in rducing severe illness, hospitalization, and death. To keep yourself protected, consider getting a third injection if you qualify.
The following groups can get a third booster shot:
- Those 65 and older who received a Pfizer or Moderna shot can get a third shot 6 months after their last injection.
- Those who are immunocompromised (have cancer or are undergoing treatment, have HIV, are on immunosuppressants (Humira, Enbrel), organ transplant recipients, sickle cell anemia, etc.) can receive a booster at least 28 days after their second dose.
- Those who received the J & J vaccine can get a booster 2 months after their last shot. Studies have shown that the J & J weren’t as effective as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. You can mix and match and might consider getting a different brand than J & J.
- Those who are 18 and older and live in long-term care settings, work in high-risk settings such as prisons, hospitals, homeless shelters; those who have high risk of exposure such as teachers, grocery clerks, postal workers, factory workers, public transit crews, police, and first responders.
Side effects from the third booster will be similar to what you experienced with your first shots.
Experts are warning of a wicked flu season this year. Because the cases of flu were low in 2020-2021, we won’t be as immune to the flu. Now that we’re out and about more, our exposure will be higher. You should consider getting the flu vaccine now to stay protected through March 2022.