November 24, 2021

COVID-19 Booster Shots

What you need to know

Let’s face it. When it comes to this virus, things change fast. As of today, the latest recommendations for COVID-19 booster shots from the CDC and FDA are in. 

Why get the booster? 

Studies have shown that after receiving a vaccination, protection against the virus and the ability to prevent infection against the Delta variant decreases over time. 

The FDA and CDC now recommend booster doses for all people 18 years or older, but particularly encourage people 50 years or older, those that have an underlying health condition or job that puts them at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 to receive a booster. 

This means all adults who received either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna vaccines at least six months ago should now get a third dose. People who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two months ago were already eligible for boosters and are still advised to get a booster. 

Which shot is best?

Both the CDC and FDA have approved mixing and matching your original vaccination with whichever booster you choose. If you have received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine for your initial series, switching which vaccine you receive for your booster is a matter of personal choice. The two vaccines are very similar.

Data shows Johnson & Johnson recipients may get better protection by switching vaccines for their second dose. 

Are boosters different from my initial dose?

COVID-19 booster shots are the same formulation as the current COVID-19 vaccines. Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson boosters are the same dosage as the initial series. Moderna’s booster is half of the dose as the initial vaccine series.

What are booster side effects?

Reported booster side effects are similar to those from the initial doses. It’s important to remember that side effects are temporary and are a normal sign that your body is building protection against COVID-19. Fever, headache, fatigue and pain at the injection site were the most commonly reported side effects, and overall, most side effects were mild to moderate. You can use v-safe to receive daily health check-ins and inform the CDC about any side effects you may experience.

Schedule your booster with Gifthealth!

Gifthealth is here to answer any questions you may have regarding vaccines and boosters. If you are in the Columbus, Ohio area, our flagship pharmacy at 1057 Bethel Road has all 3 vaccines and boosters available, either on a walk-in basis or by appointment. Contact us today at 614-725-3335 or schedule an appointment at

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