UPDATE ON THE COVID-19 BOOSTER SHOTS AND THE NEW VARIANTS.

You may begin to feel more relaxed concerning the covid-19 spread but there are still things to be concerned about. The coronavirus has not been fully eradicated and the newly discovered variants are still probably riskier. The new variants, eg the Delta and omicron variants, have been discovered to have a faster and easier spreading rate. The government has then encouraged that the booster shot should be taken by people even though you already completely took two doses. 

The booster shots serve as additional protection against the virus including the new variants like the Omicron and Delta variant which are riskier than the others. After some months of taking the first two doses of the vaccine, the effects start to wear off. A booster shot is thereby encouraged to be taken to extend the period of protection from the virus. Let’s consider the following main aspects about the covid 19 booster shot and variants and what you should know about it.

  • Who should take the booster shot?

    Why you should take the booster shot

    When should you take the vaccine and what vaccines should you take

Who should take the booster shot? 

Anyone 12 years or above can take the booster shot. The vaccine to be taken also varies according to the age of the person taking it. 

Why you should take the booster shot: 

Taking the additional dose of booster shots reduces the risk of contracting the covid-19. It is especially advisable to be taken by those who generally have a weak immune system or whose immune system is weakened over time. This additional short serves as stronger protection against the virus.

The new variants as the Omicron and the Delta variants have been found to spread much faster and easier than the other variants. Therefore, extra precautions should be taken which include taking this additional dose to be at a safer end and lesser risk. This booster shot is said to not just prevent you from the other variants, but also the Omicron and Delta variants. 

When should you take the vaccine and what vaccines should you take

If you got the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna vaccine, you should take the booster shot at least 5 months after the primary vaccine. If you got the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen, you should take the booster shot after at least 2 months of the primary vaccine. It is advisable to take the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines). The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster is available for only people between ages 12-17 while the Moderna is for adults 18 years and variant

CONCLUSION:

The spread of the virus hasn’t ceased. According to new research, new variants of the virus have been discovered from other parts of the world and it also has a faster and easier spreading rate. The government thereby encourages everyone who is eligible for the vaccine to take the new booster dose. This will help reduce the chances of the virus further widely spreading.