New York – with federal health officials CDC And this FDA has approved the administration of a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot to millions of Americans. However, there are a few precautions you should be aware of before signing up for your shot because the guidance doesn’t cover everyone.
What did the CDC and FDA do?
These federal agencies approved the administration of a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to certain populations at least six months after the completion of the first set of injections. In other words, they will get the third shot at least half a year after your second shot.
Which vaccine does this cover?
The only Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine. These actions do not apply to Moderna or Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccines.
Who is covered by this guidance? In other words, who is eligible for the booster?
First and foremost, you’ll have gotten a rudimentary series of Pfizer-BioNTech shots. Next, you’ll need to fall into one of these demographics:
- 65 years and older
- are 18 to 64 years of age and have Higher risk of severe COVID-19 due to underlying medical condition
- 18 to 64 years of age “whose persistent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2” puts you at higher risk of serious complications of COVID-19, including severe COVID-19; In other words, you have a job that puts you at greater risk of exposure to coronavirus infection,
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What do “severe COVID-19” and “severe illness” mean?
The CDC defines these as someone who is infected with the novel coronavirus, develops COVID-19, and experiences symptoms severe enough to require hospitalization, admission to intensive care, breathing Placement on ventilator to help, or even cause death.
Do underlying medical conditions qualify?
CDC Lists Multiple underlying medical conditions, including certain chronic diseases that can put you at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19. However, the CDC notes that the list does not include all medical conditions that may contribute to your risk of serious illness.
“If you have a medical condition, talk to your healthcare provider about what steps you can take to manage your health and the risks,” the CDC says. “Preventive measures (including vaccination, wearing a mask and social distancing) for COVID-19 are important, especially if you are older or have multiple or serious health conditions.”
Adults of any age who have one or more of these health problems may be more apt to become seriously ill. However, you should check with your local public health agency to determine your eligibility under your state’s guidelines.
chronic kidney disease
chronic lung diseases
- Asthma (moderate to severe)
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and chronic bronchitis
- Damage or scarring of lung tissue such as with interstitial lung disease (including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis)
- Cystic fibrosis, with or without a lung or other solid organ transplant
- Pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs)
dementia or other neurological conditions
diabetes (type 1 or type 2)
- stop beating
- heart artery disease
- high blood pressure
immunocompromised state (weakened immune system)
overweight and obesity
- pregnant people
- recently pregnant people (for at least 42 days after the end of pregnancy)
sickle cell disease or thalassemia
smoking, current or former
solid organ or blood stem cell transplant
Stroke or cerebrovascular disease, which affects blood flow to the brain
substance use disorder
So what about the people who got the vaccines for Moderna and J&J? Will we be eligible for a booster?
Maybe at some point. The FDA and CDC said they would look at the data soon.
“As those data become available, we will address the recommendations for modernization and J&J vaccines in the same spirit,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Valensky said in a statement. “whereas [Thursday’s] While the action was an early step concerning booster shots, it will not detract from our most important focus of primary vaccination in the United States and around the world.”