Who is eligible now for the 1st and 2nd boosters? – NBC Chicago

As COVID cases rise in Illinois and parts of the United States as summer approaches, many are wondering what vaccines they can get and when.

Currently, not everyone is eligible for a second COVID booster shot, but experts are urging anyone who hasn’t yet received their first booster dose to get one.

“I really, really want to stress, as we enter this high-risk state, that we need the people of Chicago to get up to speed with the recalls,” said Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady. Chicago Public Health, late last month, as the city entered for the first time. the “high community level”.

So who is eligible for which shots and what do we know what lies ahead?

Here is the last one:

Who is eligible for a COVID booster shot?

Currently, anyone eligible for vaccination can receive a booster shot at least five months after completing their first round.

This includes, more recently, children between the ages of 5 and 11. Federal regulators authorized a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot for this age group in mid-May.

“We encourage all parents or guardians of children five years and older to consider a booster vaccination for their eligible child,” IDPH Director Amaal Tokars said in a statement at the time. “And if your kids haven’t had their first dose yet, it’s not too late to start now.”

The CDC’s panel of independent vaccine experts voted overwhelmingly in favor of boosters for children in the age group after reviewing and discussing the data in a five-hour public meeting. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky endorsed the recommendation later that evening, giving pharmacies, doctors’ offices and other health care providers the green light to begin administering the injections.

However, when it comes to a second recall, only certain groups are currently eligible.

Currently, Americans 50 and older can receive a second COVID-19 booster if it’s been at least four months since their last vaccination. People over the age of 12 with weakened immune systems are also eligible.

When should you do your booster shot?

For those who are fully vaccinated, but not boosted, experts say many are “overdue”.

“If you were vaccinated against COVID-19 in 2021 or 2020, but haven’t received a booster yet, meaning you’ve only had two injections, now is the time,” Arwady said. “You are technically late. Anyone over the age of 5 should have a booster shot and it should happen at least five months after completing the initial round of shots.”

Booster shots should be given at least five months after full vaccination.

When might more people be eligible for a second booster shot?

Chicago’s top doctor said the rest of the population may not see authorization for a fourth COVID vaccine until the fall, when she predicts a new type of booster could be finalized.

“I guess we’ll probably see a version of a COVID vaccine that’s been updated to be more specific to fight, you know, alpha and delta and omicron and all the changes the virus has gone through,” he said. she declared. “I don’t know for sure that will be the case, but that’s what I expect.”

The CDC has not yet clarified when clearance might come for additional age groups.

NBC Chicago

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