When should I get the new COVID booster?
The CDC last week signed off on a new FDA-authorized COVID booster shot that will offer increased protection against the omicron subvariants of the virus that have become most common in the latest phase of the pandemic.
The BA.5 variant currently accounts for approximately 90% of COVID cases, according to the CDC.
“The new boosters were designed to add protection against omicron strains of the virus,” says Dr. Robert Citronberg, executive medical director of infectious disease and prevention at Advocate Aurora Health. “So even if you have received a booster with the original vaccine, you should consider receiving one of the new boosters.”
This is especially recommended for those with weakened immune systems, the elderly and those with underlying health issues. But what if you’ve already had two booster shots? Dr. Citronberg says you should wait at least two months after your last shot before receiving the new booster. “Some experts recommend waiting up to six months after your last shot, which may help to maximize your immune response to the vaccine,” he says.
And if you recently were sick with COVID, Dr. Citronberg recommends waiting three to six months after your infection before receiving the booster. The new COVID boosters are authorized for those 12 years and older for Pfizer and those 18 years and older for Moderna.
It could take some time for local providers and pharmacies to get a supply of the new vaccines.
Consult with your doctor for additional guidance on when you should receive the booster.
About the Author
Anna Kohler, health enews contributor, is a public affairs specialist for Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care. She received her Bachelor of Science in public relations from Illinois State University and has worked in healthcare public relations for over three years. In her free time, she enjoys working out, exploring new places with her friends and family and keeping up with the latest trends.