ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR THE COVID-19 BOOSTER?

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization and CDC’s recommendation for use are important steps forward as we work to stay ahead of the COVID-19 virus and keep Americans safe.

For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer), Moderna, or the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine, the FDA has now approved a booster vaccine for all adults 18 and older and for (Pfizer only) children 5-17, under the following guidelines:

  • For Moderna, a booster can be given providing it has been a minimum of 6 months after receipt of the second dose in the original series.
  • For J&J recipients, it must be at least two months following your original vaccine. There is no J&J booster vaccine, so you may choose either Moderna or Pfizer as a booster.
  • A Pfizer booster may be given 5 months after the second dose of the original series of two vaccines, and this includes children in the 12-17 age range. Pediatric patients who are 5-11 years old may get a booster of Pfizer only if they are moderately or severely immunocompromised, and may take such booster 28 days after their second shot of the original series.

Please note that the Moderna booster vaccine dose is half of the dose that was administered for the primary series of two shots.

The FDA and CDC has said it is OK to have whatever booster vaccine you choose – that you do NOT have to have the same vaccine. Some people wish to keep using the original vaccine; others have chosen to use a different one. There is no J&J booster, so those recipients wishing a booster would have to choose either Moderna or Pfizer.

We encourage you to ask your personal physician about the advisability of taking a third vaccine or mixing the vaccines, and to check out the CDC Coronavirus vaccine website for additional information or updates.

If you meet the above criteria, you may schedule your Pfizer or Moderna booster vaccine. You must present your vaccination card showing dates, bring an ID, and wear a mask. Please enter the hospital through the MOB Lobby, which faces Franklin Street and is under the covered entry.

When scheduling, when asked “What is your desired specialty?” please select “COVID-19 testing and vaccination.” Then you can select the visit type and then Search to find your day/time. Please print the confirmation page when it pops up or write down your appointment day/time.

SCHEDULE MY PFIZER OR MODERNA BOOSTER

It means that you had been infected with Covid-19 recently even if you didn’t show any outward signs or symptoms. That’s why you’ll need to maintain Covid safety precautions like handwashing, social distancing and using a mask.

We have been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and continue to implement changes to protect the health and safety of our community.

Also, it takes one or three weeks for your antibodies to be detectable.

However, the CDC doesn’t recommend doing antibody tests to assess immunity after vaccination. This is because different tests detect different parts of the virus. These tests mainly do not detect antibodies against the spike proteins of the Coronavirus.

If you have a cough, fever, difficulty breathing, sore throat, loss of taste/smell, chills/muscle pain and/or gastrointestinal symptoms you should contact your doctor immediately.

To make sure that you get the right post-vaccine assessment, please book an appointment with our expert doctors. Call us today at 254-580-8500.