The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have authorized a second booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for people 50 or older and certain immunocompromised people. In a recent interview with KUAF, ACHI President and CEO Dr. Joe Thompson said people who are eligible for a second booster should get one.
The virus continues to mutate and is still present in our communities, and while vaccines provide protection, that protection gradually declines over time, Thompson said.
“This is really a tricky little virus, and if your immune system is not high and providing you protection, you can get infected and get very bad conditions,” he said. “For those age 50 and up, their immune system may not be able to hold onto that protection as long as younger individuals, and that’s why the recommendation for older individuals 50 and up, regardless of your conditions, [is to] get a second booster if you’ve had one already. Get the first booster if you’ve just now started.”
People who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for both their primary dose and first booster are authorized to receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for their second booster. For more information on how to stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, see our recent blog post.