I’m Eligible for a Second COVID Booster. Do I Need to Get It?

Both the US Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have signed off on a second booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 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.

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