COVID-19 booster shots could be available as early as next week

Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 6:06 PM CDT
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - Next week, booster COVID-19 shots might be available for more people.

The Biden Administration has said they plan to have more information on the possibility come September 20. The Food and Drug Administration plans to meet on Friday to discuss the need for them. Currently, those who received a two-step vaccine and are currently immunocompromised can receive a third dose 28 days after their second dose.

For the rest of the population, they would get a third shot eight months after their second, and it’s classified as the name “booster shot” by public health agencies and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to Sam Jarvis, with Johnson County Public Health.

On the user end, a third dose and booster shot are the same things. But Jarvis said it might not be necessary for everyone to get a booster at that eight-month mark.

“Vaccine supply is not limited, we’ve got so many providers specifically in our community that’s able to provide COVID-19 vaccination. The other portion is that if you’re eligible for a booster, that means you’ve already been vaccinated. So really your risk of severe illness and death has already been reduced completely,” Jarvis said.

Once a booster shot is approved, health officials said they will likely prioritize doses for health care workers and elderly people first.

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