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FroCurrently, the CDC has recommended and the FDA has authorized booster shots for immuno-compromised people, about three percent of the U.S. population. This includes people who have been receiving active cancer treatments, received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system, received a stem cell translator within the last two years, moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency, advanced HIV infection, or active treatment with medicines that may suppress your immune response. For further details, please read the CDC website concerning boosters and check with your doctor.
What about the rest of us who receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine? According to the CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walenksy and FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock, both organizations will likely approve booster shots for some or all Americans over the age of 18 by the week of September 20th. What they are recommending is that people get their boosters shots eight months after their second dose, as efficacy against the Delta variant wanes after that time. If you got your second shot in February, then your third shot will be in October.
Can we get the shot earlier than 8 months? Can I get a Moderna shot if I got the Pfizer shot the first time? What if I got the Johnson & Johnson? Do I get a booster of another Johnson & Johnson or do I get an mRNA vaccine? Please check the CDC website (scroll to the FAQ section at the bottom) for all of your questions concerning the boosters. If you have any more questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.