Do I Actually Need a Booster Shot?

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team

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Booster shots have been the talk of the town since the emergence of the new Omicron variant. Can I get the booster dose? When should I get the booster shot? These are some common questions that have popped into every individual’s mind. Want to get an answer to all your inquisitive questions about booster shots? Read on!

1. Is a Booster Dose Necessary?

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Two doses of the COVID vaccine are sufficient to fight the pandemic? If this has been your thought, high time you overturn it. Especially if it has been quite some time since you got your vaccine jabs. Although COVID vaccines bring about immunity, evidence reports that, with time, there is a decline. To cope with the reduction, get an antibody top-up with the help of a booster shot.

2. Who Is Eligible for a Booster Shot?

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All set to get a booster shot! But are you eligible for a booster shot? If this is the next question that comes to your mind, you can get your booster shot, preferably if you are an immunocompromised individual and have crossed the specified time limit mentioned for the primary vaccination you have taken. Below is the time limit that has been advised:

  • Moderna – Six months
  • Pfizer – Five months
  • Johnson & Johnson – Two months
  • Covaxin and Covishield – Nine months
3. When Should I Get a Booster Shot After a Recent COVID Infection?

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Do you know your recent infection with COVID has gained you some antibodies? Yes, COVID-19 infections confer antibodies to keep you immune to further disease, but for a short span. So, you can wait a few months after a COVID-19 infection to get your booster dose. The recommended time limit is the same as the previous case, except that Covishield and Covaxin booster shots are suggested to be taken after three months.

4. Which Booster Shot Can I Take?

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This is one other important question that has been surfed commonly by everyone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you take any available vaccine. Getting the booster shot is actually what is more significant than the type of vaccine.

5. Do Antibody Levels Matter?

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Still in a dilemma as to whether to take the booster shot or not? Antibody titers can give you the best possible solution for it. Reach out to a healthcare provider and get your antibody levels tested. The results can help you decide. If high, wait for some time as advised by the physician. Else, set out to get the booster shot at the earliest.

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Omicron cases are rising in every nook and corner of the world, stressing the need to administer a booster dose. Set up your mind with what we have delivered, and get ready to receive the booster shot at your available turn. Fight off the virus with vaccines until normalcy returns!

 

Content published on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek information from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website.


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