Both the US Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Preventionof Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for people age 50 and older and those with compromised immune systems.
Preliminary results from studies in Israel found that while a fourth dose didn’t do much to further prevent infection, it greatly decreased the odds of hospitalization and death among older patients. Israelis 60 and older who received a second booster when the omicron variant was dominant reduced their chances of death by 78% percent, according to research from Clalit Health Services that has yet to be peer-reviewed.
But does that mean anyone eligible for another COVID shot should rush right out and get it? And will the FDA eventually authorize a second booster for all adults?
Read on to find out what the experts say about the second booster shot, including when to schedule it, if it’s necessary for everyone and if there are any drawbacks.
Who is eligible for a fourth COVID shot right now?
The FDA has authorized the following groups to get a second booster shot of either Pfizer-BioNTech’s Comirnaty or Moderna’s Spikevax vaccine.
- Anyone 50 and older
- Individuals 18 and older who are immunocompromised or have other specific health issues have been approved for a second booster of Moderna’s vaccine.
- Individuals 12 and older who meet the same criteria can get another booster of Pfizer’s vaccine.
- Adults who received a primary shot and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine can now receive a second booster of an mRNA vaccine.
Should I get it right away or wait?
There’s no clear-cut answer on whether those eligible for a second booster need to rush out for one. Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, told reporters Tuesday he would advise older relatives to get another booster right away “because of the higher level of protection.”
“COVID-19 has had a really disproportionate impact on people 65 and older,” he said. “One in 100 are not with us today who were with us before the pandemic because of COVID-19.”…Read more>>