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I figured you'd post about it if you saw it, but just in case there's been word and I haven't seen it. Have the powers that be mentioned anything since the news is now reporting that another booster will be recommended 8 months after your second dose? Will you have to have a third shot in order to be consider fully vaccinated?

 

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15 minutes ago, Bowen said:

I figured you'd post about it if you saw it, but just in case there's been word and I haven't seen it. Have the powers that be mentioned anything since the news is now reporting that another booster will be recommended 8 months after your second dose? Will you have to have a third shot in order to be consider fully vaccinated?

 

Thanks!

Only a target population qualities for the booster per CDC...
 
 
What qualifies as immunocompromised for Covid vaccine booster?
 
 
So, who exactly qualifies for the additional shot? The CDC recommendation applies to people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, such as cancer patients, those who have received organ or bone marrow transplants, people who have an immune deficiency, and people with advanced or untreated HIV.4 days ago
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CDC hasn't made the formal recommendation yet for 8-month booster for all - it's "being reported" that this will be the case, so likely will be the case "soon". I expect that once the formal recommendation is made, then the time-line will be firmed-up (they're saying 8-months, since it's a 6-12 month "window" for the booster after full vaccination). For myself, my 2nd Pfizer was on 4/12, so my full vaccination date was 4/26 - which would place my 8-month Booster at/around xmas, with the "window" being from October - April. Royal will evaluate and make changes down the line, but I wouldn't expect anything right-away.

If I were to place a bet, it would likely be that they require you be "fully vaccinated" within the past 12 months AND/OR have a booster logged within the past 12 months (since, this will likely be something akin to an annual Flu-shot as variants die/emerge/compete - like the Flu variants).

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11 minutes ago, smokeybandit said:

But typical for the CDC, they didn't accompany that announcement with any research explaining why.

They did for the current immunocompromised booster recommendation, but they haven't for the general booster, since that's not been formally announced yet - it's a leak/trial-balloon/float to gauge public response and start discussion. There is data/research supporting the immunocompromised linked in/with that formal announcement and I expect there will be similar linked data/research with the general recommendation (if it happens). Some of this is driven by the data from Israel where they're already doing these boosters, since they're ahead of the rest of the world with vaccination and have seen the vaccine immune response wane over time.

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37 minutes ago, Jaconso said:

They did for the current immunocompromised booster recommendation, but they haven't for the general booster, since that's not been formally announced yet - it's a leak/trial-balloon/float to gauge public response and start discussion. There is data/research supporting the immunocompromised linked in/with that formal announcement and I expect there will be similar linked data/research with the general recommendation (if it happens). Some of this is driven by the data from Israel where they're already doing these boosters, since they're ahead of the rest of the world with vaccination and have seen the vaccine immune response wane over time.

Yes, there is solid data supporting boosters for immunocompromised. But even for them, I wish there was a quick and easy test to say "yes, you need the booster" vs "we'll just assume you need it since you had a kidney transplant" 

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59 minutes ago, smokeybandit said:

But even for them, I wish there was a quick and easy test to say "yes, you need the booster" vs "we'll just assume you need it since you had a kidney transplant" 

I am only guessing here, but my guess is that the driving factor is antibody levels in the blood. My MIL got her two Pfizer shots in between rounds of chemo, and a recent antibody test she took confirmed she still has antibodies but not the level. So she is going to get another antibody test that will confirm levels and then judge how fast to sign up for her booster.

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I can not speak as to how the who and the when of receiving a booster shot will be handled by each state, but I live in NY (not the city)  and  received my Moderna booster last week. I had my original doses back on Jan 18 and Feb. 14 respectively. The decision as to whether or not  I should get the booster shot immediately was reached by a consensus of specialists that I see regularly. My antibody levels were not tested; they used other criteria to make their decision. I think that if anyone is unsure as to if and when they need a booster or not, they should speak with their physician. 

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