On Friday, the CDC announced their recommendation for certain individuals to receive a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine.
The individuals encouraged to get the booster are people 65 years and older, residents in long-term care settings, people aged 50–64 with underlying medical conditions, and people aged 18-64 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure based on their occupation.
This booster shot is meant to provide additional protection as the Delta variant continues to spread across the nation. As Southeast Health’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. George Narby, says, the extra shot is designed for increasing immunity.
“There’s some evidence to suggest that immunity from the Pfizer vaccine can also wane and decline over time,” Narby said. “The booster shot increases that immunity when it can be on the downside.”
According to the CDC, the booster should be taken at least six months after your second dose.