What you need to know about COVID-19 booster vaccinations
Swope Health follows CDC guidelines. The guidelines specify Pfizer and Moderna boosters for individuals who have received a first and second dose at least six months ago, and who are age 65 and older, or who, at age 18 and older:
- Live in long-term care settings
- Have underlying medical conditions
- Work or live in high-risk situations.
Individuals who received a Johnson & Johnson vaccination at least two months ago are also eligible for a booster vaccination.
In addition, the CDC’s guidelines allow for mix-and-match booster vaccinations. In other words, your booster vaccination may be different from your initial vaccination.
Swope Health is offering booster vaccinations at Swope Health Central by appointment only, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please call 816-923-5800 to make an appointment.
The booster vaccinations are also available at Swope Health Wyandotte, 21 N. 12th St., Suite 400
Kansas City, KS 66102. Call 816-599-5111 for an appointment.
The goal of the booster guidelines is to protect as many people as possible from COVID-19. Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, director of the CDC, said in a statement: “The evidence shows that all three COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States are safe – as demonstrated by the over 400 million vaccine doses already given. And they are all highly effective in reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even in the midst of the widely circulating Delta variant.”
Why do we need a booster? Research has shown that after getting vaccinated, protection against the virus decreases over time. The lower effectiveness is due to waning immunity as well as the greater infectiousness of the Delta variant, according to the CDC.