Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-10-25 23:46:00 –
Las Vegas (FOX5)-Southern Nevada Health District is preparing to deploy booster shots to recommended populations this week, answering common questions based on the guidelines of the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Which booster shot do I need to get?
The CDC is now enabling a mix-and-match approach to boosters and has determined that it is safe to obtain another vaccine brand after studies have proven it to be safe and effective.
Those who have been fully vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna should consider looking for a booster if:
- 65 years of age or older
- 18+ with underlying health
- 18 years or older in a long-term care facility
- Work in or be exposed to high-risk settings
People over the age of 18 who have been fully vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson should consider looking for a booster for at least 2 months after the first dose. Federal health authorities encourage boosters, but keep in mind that Pfizer or Motona vaccines produce a strong immune response.
“All vaccines are effective. Usually, there is guidance for getting the same vaccine as before. Perhaps you will offer that option first, and if people want another vaccine, go ahead and do that option. SNHD’s Joann Rupiper also encourages you to consult your doctor if you have any questions.
Dr. Christina Madison, a public health pharmacist, says it’s okay to stick to the previous brand if none of the previous vaccine series have had a serious response.
“It’s a convenience of what you should get. It’s based on your own personal medical photo,” she said.
Dr. Madison states that doctors recommend Johnson & Johnson Boosters if:
- You are allergic to polyesterin glycol
- I had a severe allergic reaction to Pfizer or Modana
- You have experienced myocarditis, a rare heart inflammation found in some adolescent men
Dr. Madison also said doctors may recommend Moderna or Pfizer mRNA booster shots to pregnant women to reduce the risk of blood clots.
SNHD said there are many appointments and vaccines available at the clinic. Click here for availability..