Great news, everyone! Booster shots for some adults and vaccinations for kids ages 5 years and older have been approved! Woohoo! Here are some details for you.
COVID-19 booster shots
(based on an update from the FDA and CDC on 11/19/2021)
If you initially received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you are eligible for a booster if you are:
- aged 18 years or older and at least 6 months after completing your primary vaccination series. Your booster shot can be any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the U.S. and you need only one dose of the booster shot.
If you initially received the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, you are eligible for a booster if you are:
- aged 18 years or older and at least 2 months after receiving your primary vaccination. Your booster shot can be any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the U.S. and you need only one dose of the booster shot.
COVID-19 vaccination for children
Children ages 5 years and older are now eligible to receive an age-appropriate dose of the Pfizer vaccine. They will have to complete a 2-dose series like the adults did.
It is true that children are less likely to get severely sick with COVID-19 than adults. However, there is still a possibility for them to get infected, become very sick, have to go to hospital, or even die. Some kids develop long-term complications after becoming ill with COVID-19 and all infected people, children and adults alike, can spread infection to others.
The safety and efficacy of COVID vaccines have been proven in many clinical trials worldwide. Hundreds of millions of people have received vaccinations in the United States under the most intense vaccination safety monitoring in our history. The CDC and the FDA are committed to monitoring adverse effects and to alert us about health problems reported after vaccination.
Even though vaccine effectiveness may wane over time, it is still the best line of defense. We would like to emphasize that the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in protecting us from being seriously ill, being hospitalized, and, in some cases, dying. They also protect us against the highly infectious Delta variant. It is also the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We all have an obligation to avoid putting others at risk of being infected with a potentially deadly disease.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us and voice your concerns or ask questions. We promise to do our best to research and find reliable answers for you. Thank you!
Your Path to Reopening (P2R) Committee (email: P2R@uuccwc.groups.io),
Mark Bischoff Lisa Lake
Annie Raich Betty Rose
Zsuzsa Vamos Cat Bice