The world has been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic for over 20 months. Since the first Covid-19 vaccine has been granted emergency authorization, there are many more things we know now about mixing and matching vaccine doses and some side effects we need to be aware of. Studies have also shown the efficiency of the Covid-19 vaccines, including against the Delta variant. The FDA has released several guidelines about the booster dose, including who is eligible, when it should be administered, and how to mix different Covid-19 vaccines.
Who can receive a Moderna booster jab in the U.S?
There are several categories of people eligible for a Moderna booster jab, such as those over 65, those between 18 -64 who have a high risk of exposure or have other health conditions that could make them vulnerable, and those at risk of developing a severe Covid-19 infection of the same age groups. The booster jab will use only 50 micrograms of Moderna Covid-19 serum, half of the amount given for the first two doses.
Those vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson (J&J) can get a Pfizer, Moderna, or J&J booster shot. Therefore, if someone has a preference, they should check that the vaccination center where they make the appointment has the serum of their choice. An extra condition to be considered eligible for a booster shot is to have at least six months since receiving their last Covid-19 vaccine jab.
Who can get the J & J booster shot?
Anyone older than 18 years old vaccinated with the J & J vaccine is eligible for a J & J booster shot. However, the booster shot has to be administered at least two months after the first dose. The CDC will announce more information and recommendations. At the same time, those who got an initial J & J shot can decide to get a Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 vaccine booster jab.
Who is eligible for the Pfizer booster jab?
Those who are 65 and older and 18-64 with underlying health conditions or work in places considered high risk of infection can get a Pfizer booster jab. It does not matter if the person got vaccinated with two Moderna Covid-19 doses or one J & J dose in the past.
The good news is that there are several options of booster jabs in the U.S and that they offer extra protection against the new coronavirus.