You could need a COVID-19 booster shot after getting the vaccine

The booster shot is already showing great promise with both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

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Moderna said its booster protects against two variants of the virus, and early findings suggest it is safe.

The booster shot is in addition to the second shot needed to complete the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

“It’s something that is definitely coming down the road,” said Ted Lyons, a Pharmacist and the owner of Shot RX 901. “A number of things are going to determine whether or not you need a booster for the vaccine. One of the things we look at is what’s going the initial response to the vaccine and how your body produces antibodies in response to that antigen which is in the vaccine.”

Right now doctors are working to educate people on the importance of COVID vaccines and their potential boosters. Moderna and Pfizer are testing the booster as we speak. They’ve said say it would be needed six months to a year after you get your second shot. Johnson & Johnson is also looking into a booster for its single-dose vaccine.

“We would definitely start with the highest risk groups receiving the booster, but again it’s really early. It’s really important to just start talking about the fact that they might be needed from an educational standpoint and a public awareness standpoint because getting the minds and the hearts ready for a potential booster is more important than anything,” said Lyons.

Doctors say a booster reminds your cells how to fight the COVID virus. The booster could be available to people within a few weeks, and it’s already being tested on one Mid-South mom and doctor.

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Dr. Sandy Arnold, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital says she got the Pfizer booster as part of the clinical trial study. She says she’s had no issues at all.

“The antibody level from the vaccine is so much higher than it is from natural infections,” said Dr. Arnold. “It’s going to take longer than that to go away over time, so what people are talking about in terms of a booster is actually a third shot, not a second shot, and the additional shot may be at a year. I got a third shot and I am just fine.”

.Dr. Arnold said the majority of adverse effects were mild to moderate.

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