Now that COVID booster shots are going to be available in the next 30 days, as Americans get closer to the September 20 rollout date of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster dose a common question has circulated: What side effects should you expect?
Health officials have approved booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine if you received the Pfizer or Moderna versions. There hasn’t been enough data yet on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to warrant a second dose of that one.
Studies have shown enhanced protection for those who get a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna- mainly because vaccine protection does diminish after six months.
Health experts say the booster shots will offer enhanced protection from COVID-19 and new strains of the virus. While reactions to that shot will be similar to those felt when getting the flu shot.
“Sometimes you may get a reaction to it, sometimes you may not get a reaction to it,” Dr. Lo’ay Al-Asadi, a pulmonologist explained.
This is crucial because of the number of cases of long-term health issues posed by COVID-19. In most cases, experts say the reaction will be less than that from the first or second shot.
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