If you’ve received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, it is recommended that you get a booster shot.
According to the The New York Times, “The effectiveness of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine has long been lower than that of the two-dose mRNA vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, and vaccine experts have said that the 15 million people in the United States who have received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot are likely in need of additional protection.”
This “additional protection” will come from getting a booster shot made by either Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech.
Booster shots were originally recommended for those 65 and older as well as at-risk people of all ages. Considering there is evidence that the booster shot is effective at providing extra protection against the COVID-19 virus, this recommendation has been extended to those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as it has been determined the least effective of all three COVID-19 vaccines.
Though the booster shot made by Johnson & Johnson has been released, it is still said that a booster shot from Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech will do a more sufficient job at providing extra protection.
“If you got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as your first COVID-19 shot, a booster dose of either Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine apparently could produce a stronger immune response than a second dose of J&J’s vaccine,” NPR reported.
If you are eligible to get the booster shot, it is recommended that the booster shot is “administered at least six months after completion of the second dose,” said The Guardian.
The Guardian also mentions that those who are recommended to get the booster shot who aren’t 65 and older are those who are “most susceptible to severe disease and those in jobs that left them at risk.”
If you fall into any of the above categories, you should get your booster shot. It will give you more protection against the COVID-19 virus which will help you and those you come in contact with stay healthy.
By Cierra Lemott, Sophomore, Columbia College Chicago
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