We sat down with Dr. Eric France, the Chief Medical Officer with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to talk about COVID-19 booster shots, vaccinations for children, and more! Watch the whole video below.
In case you just want to read the highlights-
- Booster shots improve your antibody levels, which leads to better protection against COVID-19
- It’s recommended to get your booster shot of Pfizer 6 months after your second dose, if you are in the qualifying group
- FDA will make recommendations for booster shots for persons who received Moderna or Johnson and Johnson
- I am fully vaccinated, but got a breakthrough case- does that count as my “booster” or should I still get a booster shot when I am qualified to? You should get your booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccination
COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children:
- Children do not seem to be more at risk for more severe side effects of COVID-19 vaccination
- The dose that will be used for 5-11 year-olds is 1/3 the strength that it is for older children or adults
- There are rare, serious complications for children who get COVID at a young age- just like the flu or chicken pox. It is recommended to get your children vaccinated when the time comes to protect them from the complications that might occur from getting the natural disease
- Early November is when it is anticipated that vaccines will be approved for 5-11 year-olds
- Pfizer vaccine will require two doses for children
- If you are immunocompromised, you should consider getting a third, additional dose as a part of your “primary series”.
- Get tested for COVID-19 if you have any respiratory symptoms
- Get your flu shot
- Minimalize the chance of overwhelming our hospitals by getting your vaccinations, wearing masks, washing hands, staying in well-ventilated areas, staying 6 feet apart