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Pfizer COVID-19 Booster FAQ: Vaccination Timing, Side Effects, Who Is Eligible & More

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Adults who have received Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine can receive a booster after six months.

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With the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opening COVID-19 vaccine boosters for anyone aged 18 and over, the new shot guideline simplifies the rules. Previous rules set requirements regarding age and risk of infection based on age, health and work or living situation. Now the CDC has set the timing of the booster shot and discussed side effects for the third shot.

In the summer, when the delta variant grip in the US, the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 rose. The vaccines approved by the US Food and Drug Administration have been shown to be highly effective in preventing serious illness. People who remain unvaccinated are responsible for nearly all hospitalizations and deaths.

Multiple studies show that the effectiveness of vaccines can decline after six to eight months. Recent studies say a booster dose of Pfizer shows 95.6% efficacy against COVID-19.

We explain below what you need to know about who is eligible for the Pfizer booster shot today. To learn more about COVID-19, here’s what we know about COVID-19 vaccines for children, and here’s the last one guidance about masks and further breakthrough infections. Here’s what you need to know about the new federal COVID-19 vaccination mandates — and what to do if you lost your vaccination card.


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Who Is Now Eligible for a Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Booster?

The quick answer: All adults 18 years and older are now eligible for a Pfizer booster six months after receiving their second Pfizer vaccination. To underscore the importance of the booster, the CDC urged those 50 and older to get the third shot.

The FDA and the CDC gave similar approval for a Moderna vaccine booster.

Does the Pfizer booster injection have side effects?

The CDC said those who received the Pfizer booster reported fewer side effects than after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, with headache, fever, fatigue, pain and chills being the most commonly reported mild side effects.

The CDC said that on Nov. 14, 99% of those who received the Pfizer vaccine for the first two injections chose to get a Pfizer booster, while the rest chose a Moderna or Johnson & Johnson booster. Here’s more about it mix and match vaccines.

Where can I get a booster shot?

According to White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients, boosters will be available at approximately 80,000 locations nationwide, including more than 40,000 local pharmacies. About 90% of Americans have a vaccine site within 5 miles of where they live, Zients said, and getting a booster shot will be as easy as getting the first shot. And the booster recording is also free.

You can check Vaccines.gov to see which vaccines are available where or call 1-800-232-0233 for vaccine information.

Why did Pfizer request permission for booster shots for everyone 18 and older?

If you were fully vaccinated, the CDC would have said you would continue to be protected from infection and especially from serious illness. All FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine shots remain “highly effective at reducing the risk of serious illness, hospitalization and death,” according to the CDC.

However, recent studies show that the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine can decline after five or six months and that a booster can increase your protection against infection, especially against serious illness. Albert Bourla, Pfizer’s chief executive, told the New York Times that he expects a booster’s effectiveness to last for a year, with annual booster shots possibly supporting immunity.

According to a recent study in The Lancet, those who received the Pfizer booster injection had a 93% lower risk of being hospitalized, a 92% lower risk of major illness, and an 81% lower risk of death, compared with those who received their second admission at least 5 months earlier.

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

The CDC said those who qualify for a booster shot can get one of three available — a booster from Pfizer, moderna or Johnson & Johnson — it doesn’t matter which one they received first.

When can I get the Pfizer booster shot?

Now, if you qualify. At least 31 million people have already received a booster shot, the CDC reported Friday.

State and local health officials have begun rolling out campaigns to help the public better understand who is immediately eligible, according to the New York Times.

Is the Pfizer booster the same as the first two shots?

Yes. According to Pfizer, the COVID-19 booster would be a third injection of the same vaccine you got with the first two doses.

Pfizer is separately working with partner BioNTech on a version of the COVID-19 vaccine that targets the delta variant.

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The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified healthcare professional if you have any questions about a medical condition or health goals.