Is it time for your COVID-19 booster shot?
With the FDA’s recent authorization, adults may now receive booster shots of the Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
To be eligible you must be 18 years or older and have received both doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago. Those who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine should get their booster shot after two months.
You can specify which type of vaccine you want, but the CDC allows for mixing vaccine types for boosters.
The new omicron variant has prompted the CDC to issue another strong recommendation for both initial vaccinations and subsequent booster shots, especially among health care workers.
“Emerging evidence shows that among health care and other frontline workers, vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 infections is decreasing over time,” the CDC stated. “This lower effectiveness is likely due to the combination of decreasing protection as time passes since getting vaccinated, as well as the greater infectiousness of the delta variant.”
The Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic has closed, but employees can schedule a booster shot through their Asante primary care provider in MyChart or use the Oregon Health Authority’s locator map to find a vaccination site near you. Bring your vaccination card to your appointment.
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