Pfizer COVID-19 booster FAQ: Vaccine shot timing, side effects, who's eligible and more - CNET

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Adults who received Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine tin get a booster aft six months.

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With the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opening up COVID-19 vaccine boosters to everyone aged 18 and older, the caller changeable line simplifies the rules. Earlier rules acceptable requirements astir property and astir the hazard of corruption based connected age, wellness and enactment oregon surviving situation. Now the CDC has acceptable booster changeable timing and discussed broadside effects for the 3rd jab.

Over the summer, arsenic the delta variant took clasp successful the US, the fig of cases, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 surged. The vaccines that are OK'd by the US Food and Drug Administration person proved to be highly effective in preventing terrible illness. People who stay unvaccinated relationship for astir each hospitalizations and deaths.

Multiple studies amusement that the effectiveness of vaccines whitethorn commencement to diminution aft six to 8 months. Recent studies accidental a booster dose of Pfizer shows 95.6% efficacy against COVID-19.

We'll explicate beneath what to cognize astir who's eligible for the Pfizer booster changeable today. For much connected COVID-19, here's what we cognize astir COVID-19 vaccines for kids, and here's the latest guidance connected masks and on breakthrough infections. Here's what you should cognize astir the new national COVID-19 vaccination mandates -- and what to bash if you lost your vaccine card.

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Who's present eligible for a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster?

The speedy answer: All adults 18 years of property and older are present eligible for a Pfizer booster six months aft receiving their 2nd Pfizer vaccine shot. To underline the value of the booster, the CDC urged those 50 years of property and older to get the 3rd shot.

The FDA and the CDC gave a akin endorsement for a Moderna vaccine booster.

Does the Pfizer booster changeable person broadside effects?

The CDC said those who received the Pfizer booster reported less broadside effects than aft getting the 2nd dose of Pfizer's vaccine, with headach, fever, fatique, symptom and chills the astir often reported mild broadside effects.

The CDC said arsenic of Nov. 14, 99% of those who received the Pfizer vaccine for the archetypal 2 shots chose to person a Pfizer booster, with the remainder picking a Moderna oregon Johnson & Johnson booster. Here's much connected mixing and matching vaccines.

Where tin I get a booster shot?

According to White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients, boosters volition beryllium disposable astatine astir 80,000 places crossed the country, including implicit 40,000 section pharmacies. Some 90% of Americans person a vaccine tract wrong 5 miles of wherever they live, Zients said, and getting a booster changeable volition beryllium conscionable arsenic casual arsenic getting the archetypal shot. And the booster changeable volition beryllium escaped too. 

You tin check to spot which vaccines are disposable wherever oregon telephone 1-800-232-0233 for vaccine information.

Why did Pfizer petition authorization for booster shots for everyone 18 years of property and older?

If you're afloat vaccinated, the CDC had said you would proceed to beryllium protected from corruption and particularly against superior illness. All the COVID-19 vaccine shots authorized by the FDA proceed to beryllium "highly effectual successful reducing hazard of terrible disease, hospitalization and death," according to the CDC.

Recent studies, however, amusement the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine tin statesman to wane aft 5 oregon six months and a booster tin rise your extortion against infection, particularly against superior illness. Albert Bourla, the main enforcement of Pfizer, told the New York Times helium anticipates the effectiveness of a booster to past a year, with yearly booster shots imaginable to prop up immunity.

According to a caller survey successful The Lancet, those who received the Pfizer booster changeable had a 93% little hazard of being hospitalized, a 92% little hazard of terrible illness and an 81% little hazard of death, compared with those who had received their 2nd changeable astatine slightest 5 months before.

What astir mixing and matching the COVID-19 booster shot?

The CDC said those who suffice for a booster changeable tin get any of the 3 available -- a booster from Pfizer, Moderna oregon Johnson & Johnson -- nary substance which 1 they received first.

When tin I get the Pfizer booster shot?

Now, if you're eligible. At slightest 31 cardinal radical person already received a booster shot, the CDC reported connected Friday.

State and section wellness officials person started to rotation retired campaigns to assistance the nationalist amended recognize who qualifies immediately, according to the New York Times

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Is the Pfizer booster the aforesaid arsenic the archetypal 2 shots?

Yes. According to Pfizer, its COVID-19 booster would beryllium a 3rd jab of the aforesaid vaccine you got with the archetypal 2 doses. 

Pfizer is moving separately with its spouse BioNTech connected a mentation of the COVID-19 vaccine that targets the delta variant.

For much connected coronavirus treatments and vaccines, here's what we cognize astir monoclonal antibody treatments, the caller federal vaccine mandates and why immoderate radical whitethorn not privation the shot.

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