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Omicron Boosters: Do I Need One, And If So, When?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends updated COVID boosters for people aged 12 and above.

Reformulated Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines are now available at pharmacies, clinics, and doctors' offices nationwide.

The boosters target both the original coronavirus strain and the two omicron subvariants that are causing the majority of the current infections.

Vaccine manufacturers have scrambled to rework vaccines that have become less effective against new variants.

Pfizer's new booster is available to anyone aged 12 and up. Anyone over the age of 18 can purchase the Moderna booster.

"I would recommend this booster shot for those who are immunocompromised or those who are 60 years [old] and above," says Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease expert 

According to the CDC, people are eligible if it has been at least two months since their last COVID shot, either a booster or an initial vaccine.

If there is another surge, boosting can protect against the risk of long COVID and help protect the community at large by reducing transmission.

Will the new booster doses entirely prevent COVID?

No. The updated boosters have generated a lot of interest, but they are not a magic bullet. But..

According to the CDC, people who have had one or two boosters have a 0.024% chance of being hospitalised with COVID-19. It is even lower for people under the age of 50