Coronavirus Vaccines: What’s the Story with Boosters?
If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you may be wondering if you’ll be needing a Covid-19 booster shot and just when those shots will be available to you.
As of this writing, the answer to the first question is yes; for most people, a Covid booster shot will be necessary for continued protection against Covid and its variants starting about eight months after they have received their final dose of a vaccine. Regarding availability, the situation remains fluid with boosters for people who got the Pfizer vaccine becoming available ahead of Moderna and Johnson & Johson recipients. People considered to be at higher risk or necessity, such as healthcare workers and elderly individuals, will be given priority. For details and updates, please see the CDC website.
How Important is Testing?
It’s still crucial in many cases. While fully vaccinated individuals are significantly less likely to be infected by Covid-19, and even less likely to be hospitalized, so-called “breakthrough infections” can and do occur. Infection rates among fully vaccinated people are notably low, however, especially in comparison to unvaccinated people. At the same time, transmission is still very possible while people with breakthrough cases are infected.
For this reason, it’s recommended that anyone experiencing adverse symptoms get a Covid 19 test. The same applies to people who may have been exposed to someone with Covid, including people with breakthrough cases. At this time, testing is the only way to make sure that you are not at a high risk of exposing others to the virus.
How Can House Call Doctor Los Angeles Help?
House Call Doctor Los Angeles and Dr. Michael Farzam offer many convenient at-home and drive-through Covid testing options, in addition to vaccines and the full range of standard house call medical services. To learn more, simply visit our testing page or our contact page or call the number above.