Nearly 200 million people have completed the vaccination scheme against COVID-19 in the United States, which is why they are in a position to qualify for a vaccine booster. But,what are the requirements to receive the booster dose against COVID-19 and how to get it? We explain it to you.
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As of November 2021, an estimated 60 percent of Americans had completed their COVID-19 vaccination, either with the two doses of the antidotes from Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna or with the single injection from Johnson & Johnson’s.
The booster dose was recommended in the United States exclusively for those over 60 years of age. However, in mid-November 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the emergency authorization for everyone over the age of 18.
In this way, from then on, all those over 18 years of age are eligible to receive it, based on the authorization of the FDA and the recommendations of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
If you received the Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna vaccines:
The CDC suggests the booster dose for people who have the full regimen with any of these antidotes and who meet any of the following conditions:
- Being 50 years of age or older.
- Be 18 years or older and in a long-term residential setting.
According to the CDC, it is recommended that people receive a booster shot at least 6 months after completing their primary vaccination against COVID COVID-19, with any of the three licensed antidotes in the United States.
If you received the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine:
For those who received the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine, the CDC recommends a booster dose for everyone 18 years of age and older at least two months after their vaccination, with any of the licensed antidotes in the United States.
According to the health authorities, a single dose of the Janssen vaccine is less effective compared to the two doses of the other schedules.
As with the standard vaccination process, to find a vaccine provider in your area of residence you have the following alternatives:
- Visit the site vaccines.gov to find vaccine providers in your area, although the information will depend on the providers and pharmacies that sign up.
- Text your zip code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233 to find vaccination centers in your area of the United States.
- Check the your local pharmacy website to see if you have vaccination appointments available.
- Contact him state health department to find out about other available vaccination centers.