Health Matters: COVID-19 Update

Health Matters

By WVUA Digital Reporter Anneliese Taggart

Booster shots are the latest headline on the fight against COVID-19. The shots are an additional vaccine dose for people whose protection against the virus may have decreased over time. Dr. Tom Weida, Chief Medical Officer at University Medical Center, provides an update on COVID-19:

“Well, obviously, the latest headline is about COVID booster vaccines. Now, there’s a difference between the COVID additional vaccine vs. the booster vaccine. The additional vaccine is for folks who may not have had a proper immune response from the first two doses. Whereas, a booster is because immunity has gone down over time and you need to boost it up.”

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are available to anyone who is 65 and older and those 18 and older who live in long-term care settings, have underlying medical conditions or live or work in high-risk settings. At this time, booster shots are only available for some Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine recipients.

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