Booster Shots from Pfizer

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Zeny Tran

On Friday, September 24, 2021, the CDC has reported that recipients of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine can now receive booster shots, and that further doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are recommended for health care workers, teachers, and other at-risk professions.

Citizens who are six months out since their last dose of the Pfizer vaccine are now eligible for booster shots if they fall into one of three high-risk categories: one, being 65 or older, two, having a medical condition that puts you at a higher risk of Covid, and three, working in an environment with a high exposure of Covid.

Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients are not yet eligible for the booster shot because the vaccines have not been approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, the Food and Drug Administration is working as swiftly as possible with the intention of making booster recommendations for Moderna and J&J recipients in the coming weeks.

Pfizer boosters are now available, with CVS Health reporting on Friday that roughly 6,000 of its stores have begun scheduling appointments for the Pfizer vaccine’s third dose. Those who opt for the booster shot, however, will be required to self-certify their eligibility as defined by public health experts, as well as have received Pfizer’s initial two doses, according to CVS.

As of September 29 in California, the age group that is at the highest risk of death from COVID-19 is 80 years and older (25,889 deaths). The age group that is at the lowest risk of death from COVID is 17 years and younger (37 deaths/ 40 million people) (source: CA Dept of Health).

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