Updated November 16,2021
If you’re fully vaccinated, should you plan to get a COVID-19 booster shot?
In Arkansas, booster shots are now available for anyone age 18+. The FDA recommends booster shots for people who have received the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Jannsen COVID-19 vaccine. Eligible individuals may choose which booster shot they take, and may take a different brand than their original COVID-19 vaccine.
Who is eligible to receive the booster shot?
For people who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine:
- People age 18+
- 6 months after the second shot
If you fall into these groups, you should talk with your doctor about whether or not a COVID-19 vaccine booster is right or you.
For people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine:
- People age 18+
- two or more months after the shot
In addition, the CDC recommends people who are immunocompromised take a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 booster shots may be needed because the vaccine becomes less effective over time. It may also help stave off the Delta variant, which is more infectious than the first version of COVID-19.
Recently data suggests that, while the vaccine continues to protect against serious cases of COVID-19, booster shots may be required to avoid breakthrough cases for people who are most vulnerable.
Request an Appointment
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with your primary care physician. To schedule a booster shot, contact your primary care doctor’s office.
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