Should you get a second booster?

Dear Neighbors,

If it’s been a few months since your last COVID-19 shot, it might be time for another. Protection from the shots decreases over time, and the booster brings it back up. As you may know, older people tend to have the greatest risk of severe symptoms when they get the disease. It is especially important that everyone over the age of 50 who is eligible gets the additional booster shot now, so they have the greatest possible protection against a potential future surge of cases. The federal government authorized a second booster shot for specific groups of people:

  • If you are age 50 or older, you are eligible for another shot if it has been 4 months or more since your last COVID-19 booster shot. 
  • If you have a weakened immune system, you may need an additional shot now. Talk to your doctor. 
  • If you are 18 or older and received a primary vaccine and booster shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 4 months ago, you may now receive a second booster of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna).

Call your doctor’s office or find a clinic near you to get the booster shot. County-operated vaccine sites started offering the second booster shot to eligible people immediately. Visit sccfreevax.org for more information.

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