Get now vs wait till fall

You might be wondering whether to get the second Covid-19 booster now or wait a second, so to speak, and wait for the fall. Maybe it’s because the messages on the second part of the recall weren’t really very clear. A March 29 press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) quoted its director, Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, as saying, “Recalls are safe, and people over 50 can now get a booster supplement 4 months after their previous dose to further increase their protection. But “may” is not always synonymous with “should”. For example, you can probably put five hot dogs in your mouth at once. Additionally, there has been talk of new Covid-19 vaccines, such as those more specific to Omicron variants, becoming available over the summer. So the question is what should you do about a second booster?

Of course, the first thing you need to do is figure out if you’re actually 50 or older since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the second booster doses of the Pfizer or Moderna Covid vaccines in late March. -19 for that specific type. Age range. This means that if you are currently 49 years and 364 days old or less, you don’t have to worry about a second reminder, at least not for another day. There are a range of exceptions as the FDA allowed the second booster for those who are younger (specifically at least 12 or older to get the Pfizer Covid-19 booster and 18+ to get the Moderna booster) who have much weaker immune systems.

If you’re not sure if you’re 50 or older, check your old Facebook or Instagram photos and count the number of candles on your last birthday cake. Otherwise, see how often you use the words “groovy”, “rolodex”, and “necking”. If you regularly say things like “I accidentally spilled my groovy rolodex on my neck,” then you might be over 50.

In any case, this second booster should not come until at least four months have passed since your first booster dose. This may allow your immune system to be more ready to respond fully to the second booster. If you’re not in the two broad groups defined by the FDA, don’t even think about getting a second Covid-19 booster because the word “unauthorized” and everything else shouldn’t generally go together.

So, again, “may” and “allowed to get” are not the same as should be. Nevertheless, there are compelling reasons to opt for Booster Act 2 if you belong to one of the authorized groups. As I indicated for Forbes recently, this pandemic is not over. SARS-CoV-2 continues to spread. In fact, recent weeks have seen increases in Covid-19 cases across the United States, raising fears that another Covid-19 surge could potentially occur. Yet many people have already gone from “we’re in this together” to “I don’t want to be inconvenienced.” They ditched Covid-19 precautions such as using a face mask as if it were underwear made of nails and sandpaper. Even when people claim they’ve been “cautious,” treat those claims with a fanny pack of salt. There are now more than 330 million definitions of “attention,” plus or minus a few million, as pointed out by Nina L. Shapiro, MD, professor of pediatric ear, nose, and throat surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. on Twitter :

Also, your immunity to a previous vaccination or infection might already be waning. It’s a bit like being at a job interview or on a first date and watching your clothes slowly melt away. This could leave you a bit too exposed during this uncertain “to rise or not to rise” period of time. This would be especially true if you are at higher risk of infection or more severe Covid-19 findings.

Plus, it’s not like getting another callback would be particularly risky. There is no evidence that the side effect rate of the second booster is higher than that of the first booster or the primary series. Pfizer’s second booster is exactly the same as Pfizer’s first booster, which was the same as the first two doses of the Pizer Covid-19 vaccine. The second Moderna booster is the same dose as the first Moderna booster, which was half the dose (50 micrograms) of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccines for the two-dose primary series. If Covid-19 vaccines somehow turned you into a gigantic magnet and made keys and other metal objects stick to your forehead, as some on social media claimed, you would already look like at the refrigerator door of a family to several elementary school children now.

On the other hand, the weather becomes warmer and more humid. The activities gradually moved outside. All of this can reduce the transmission of the virus to some extent. Additionally, Moderna and Pfizer have been working on new Covid-19 vaccines that will be designed to provide better protection against Omicron variants than the original mRNA vaccines. For example, a preprint posted on April 15 on Research Square describes how Moderna tested the use of a bivalent vaccine that includes mRNA that codes for the spike proteins found on the original pandemic-causing severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) as well than mRNA that codes for the spike proteins that stud the SARS-CoV-2 beta variant. Bivalent means the vaccine has two different things that your immune system has to react to accordingly. Moderna researchers have found that this new bivalent combination appears to generate higher antibody levels against the Omicron variant than the current Moderna Covid-19. These newer vaccines aren’t available to the general public right now, but could be later this year before the fall.

So, to quote, from the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, what is the final answer? The CDC press release quotes the following from Walensky about getting the second booster: “This is especially important for people 65 and older and those 50 and older with underlying medical conditions that increase their risk of serious illness from Covid-19 as they are most likely to benefit from an additional booster dose at this stage. So if you fall into the categories mentioned by Walensky, it’s a good idea to get the second booster. Another reason to get the recall if you are 50 or older: if you are at higher risk of being exposed to the Covid-19 coronavirus. This would be the case if you work in health care, commercial aircraft, other public transportation, a mosh bit, a restaurant, a busy store, or any other setting where you may be on a regular basis. among many other people.

Otherwise, if you’re in the gray zone, so to speak, between 50 and 64 with no underlying medical conditions or regular exposure to other people who might be infected, you could wait a second. You can wait until later in the summer to see what other Omicron-specific vaccines are available. In the meantime, be sure to maintain other Covid-19 precautions such as social distancing and wearing face masks when indoors in public. Remember that Covid-19 vaccines are not like a concrete condom for the whole body. It does not offer 100% protection against Covid-19, no matter how many blows you have received, whether it is one, two, three, four or 87, as a man in Germany received .

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