Covid-19 Boosters and Vaccines: It’s Never Too Late to Catch UpAs of this writing, just under 80 percent of Californians have had at least one Covid vaccination. That means that 20 percent of us are unvaccinated and countless more of us need to catch up on our vaccinations and boosters to be as protected as possible. Whatever the reason you may not be boosted, are only partially vaccinated, or have not yet been vaccinated, it’s never too late for patients to get their next inoculation.
Who Can Get Boosters?
Everyone over five who has been vaccinated at least five months prior. If you’re under 50 and in good health, you should have one booster. People who are over 50 or have certain health issues should have two boosters given four months apart. Also, people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may be eligible for a second booster.
Are Boosters Really All That Important?
Absolutely. Some people make the mistake of thinking that the number of breakthrough cases means that boosters are not effective or, worse, that vaccines don’t work. Exactly the opposite is true. Vaccines can help ward off Covid but, at this point, their most important benefit is that they reduce symptoms and shorten recovery times. Boosters add to that effect. Healthy, fully-vaccinated people who have not been boosted are unlikely to develop serious symptoms that require hospitalization but they can still get very sick. Getting boosted cuts the odds of hospitalization further and can mean the difference between recovering from a case after just a day or two, versus suffering for two weeks or longer with more unpleasant symptoms.
Where is it Best for Patients to Get Boosted or Vaccinated for Covid 19?
There are many low-cost or free options for vaccinations at drug stores, clinics, and other public settings. If convenience, privacy, and maximum safety are more of a priority, however, it’s very hard to beat getting boosted or vaccinated home visits from doctors on call.
House Call Doctor Los Angeles can get you vaxxed and boosted when and where it’s most convenient for you – your home, workplace, hotel, and just about anywhere else it's practical to conduct a visit at any time of the day or night. 24-hour doctor Michael Farzam, M.D., and his team offer all of the latest vaccines from Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson, as well as all of the available boosters for patients of all ages. We also offer all of the latest and most accurate testing options.
If you have just tested positive for Covid-19, House Call Doctor Los Angeles can still help. If you are a member of a high-risk group due to age, weight, illness, or immune status, it is a good idea to obtain treatments such as Paxlovid no more than five days after symptoms have emerged. Patients are often pleasantly surprised by how quickly they recover after receiving one of these treatments.
Another powerful option for people with a heightened risk is bebtelovimab monoclonal antibodies. Both anecdotal data and numerous studies have indicated that this is the only type of monoclonal therapy effective against BA.5, the dominant sub-variant as of this writing. For information on this treatment with House Call Doctor Los Angeles, see our page on bebtelovimab monoclonal antibodies for details.
Ready to Catch Up On Covid Prevention or Care? Call House Doctor Los Angeles Today!
For more information about Covid-19 or any other health matter, reach out to board-certified internist Dr. Michael Farzam and House Call Doctor Los Angeles. Call the number on your screen or visit our contact page.