Moderna COVID booster: What to know about new CDC guidelines, side effects, new variant Adults can now get a booster dose if it's been at least six months since their second shot.

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If you are an adult who is 18 years of age and older, you may now qualify for the Moderna booster shot. This goes for people who are fully vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna Vaccine and Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, because Now you can mix and match vaccines From various approved drug manufacturers.

Authorization for Modern Booster — with pfizer And johnson & johnson booster shots And pfizer vaccines for children Comes at a time when deadly and contagious delta version Keeping its hold on America, which has stirred up hospitals in some states. Epidemiologists worry about another wave of COVID-19 infections as cold weather drives people indoors and out annual flu season Kicks, affects the immune system. it also comes as a New COVID version emerges in South Africa, Keep reading for what we know about the effectiveness of different types of boosters.

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Vaccines for COVID-19 have been shown to be highly effective in preventing hospitalization, and people who have not been vaccinated are 10 times more likely to be hospitalized if infected. with him federal vaccine mandateOf course, the Biden administration aims to counter the surge and put pressure on anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated. antiviral drugs could help too.

Here’s what you need to know about Moderna Booster, including its side effects. For more on COVID-19, here’s on the latest COVID-19 Vaccines for Children, what to do if you lost your vaccination card, ns difference between booster and third dose, and what to know about breakthrough transition,

All adults are now eligible for the Moderna booster dose

As of November 19, all adults — those 18 years of age and older — are eligible to receive a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. They qualify if it has been at least six months since they received the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. People who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are eligible for a booster dose after two months. Adults are encouraged to receive whatever booster dose is available to them, even if it means mixing and matching vaccine boosters (more below).

How effective is the Moderna vaccine against COVID variants?

In the US, the delta variant of COVID-19 – which is almost twice as contagious as the earlier variant – is responsible for more than 99% of current infections. All three vaccines authorized for use in the US – Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson – are particularly effective in preventing infection with the delta variant against severe disease.

a new covid versionHowever, now found only in South Africa, is raising concern among scientists. “It’s something to see,” Maria Van Kerkhove said, an infectious disease epidemiologist with the World Health Organization. Van Kerkhove said, “What we do know is that there are a large number of mutations in this variant. And the concern is that when you have so many mutations, it can affect the behavior of the virus.” And that includes vaccines, Van Kerkhove said. While researchers are currently investigating this type, it is not known how effective the vaccine will be at preventing infection.

What about the side effects of the Modern COVID Booster Shot?

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who received the Moderna booster dose reported a lower response than those after the second dose of the vaccine. In its study, the CDC found that 95% of those who received Moderna for the first round of vaccine shots chose Moderna for the booster dose.

Yes, it is safe to mix and match a vaccine booster

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized Combination of COVID-19 Boosters, which in the US means Modern, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. Anyone eligible for a booster can receive any of the available brands of coronavirus vaccine. If you initially received Johnson & Johnson and it has been two months or more since you received your initial dose, you will be able to receive a Moderna or Pfizer booster. If you received Moderna or Pfizer for your first two shots, you can choose any of the authorized vaccines — including J&J — if you qualify and your second shot for six months or more. It’s time.

What does Modern Booster Shot do?

A COVID-19 booster shot – whether from Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson – tops your immune response and guards against a breakthrough COVID-19 infection Because the effectiveness of the vaccine decreases over time.

Recent studies of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines suggest that their effectiveness may decrease after six months. Moderna said preliminary data suggests people who received the Moderna vaccine in 2020 showed higher rates of breakthrough COVID infection Compared to those vaccinated this year, suggests the need for boosters to maintain a higher level of protection.

Is the Moderna Vaccine Booster the same as the original two COVID-19 doses?

Yes, approx. Like Pfizer’s booster, the third Modern shot will be the same vaccine as the first two doses, except it will be half the dose. To make your life easier, Moderna is also working on a combination shot that includes this year’s flu vaccine and its COVID-19 booster vaccine, but it’s not available right now.

Where can I get the Modern Booster Shot?

According to the White House, the boosters will be available at about 80,000 locations nationwide, including more than 40,000 local pharmacies. About 90% of Americans have a vaccine site within 5 miles of where they live. You can check to see where vaccines are available, or call 800-232-0233 for vaccine information.

Is Moderna COVID-19 Booster Shot Free, or Do I Have to Pay?

All booster shots will be free, regardless of immigration or health insurance status. However, depending on where you get your booster shot — for example, at a local pharmacy — you may be asked to log your insurance status. You may be asked to provide your insurance card information, including your name, date of birth and membership number. You will not be charged for your COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot.

Will I need a fourth COVID booster shot?

The CDC updated its guidance to say that next year, some immunocompromised people will be able to receive a fourth COVID-19 booster shot. It is not clear whether other groups will need to take a fourth dose at this time.

To learn more about coronavirus treatments and vaccines, check out what we know about monoclonal antibody treatment, New federal vaccine mandate And Why don’t some people want shots?,

Nerdshala’s Jessica Rendall contributed to this article.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to be health or medical advice. Always consult with a physician or other qualified health provider with respect to any questions you may have about a medical condition or health purposes.

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