On 25 October 2021, I got my Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. As with the first two shots, I felt nothing other than a bit of a sore arm.
Now my immune system is scientifically boosted to handle whatever SARS-CoV-2 has for me. I’m ready to kick its sorry butt for even thinking about infecting me.
Why did I get the booster?
- Because it’s safe.
- Because the Moderna booster protects me against COVID-19 even more.
- Because there is evidence that the original series of shots have waning immunity.
- Because it’s the only way to boost my immune system against the coronavirus.
- Because I know that vaccines are more powerful than pseudoscientific supplements and quackery.
- Because the CDC recommends it.
- Because it was free.
- Because I want to do the right thing for my own health and to protect others.
I don’t know if boosters will be necessary every few months or years. But this virus is so resilient and mutates so frequently, I am willing to bet we will need frequent boosters for any of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Any of you who are pregnant, obese, or immunocompromised, especially if you’re older than 50 should get the booster. Anyone with the following health conditions should get COVID-19 vaccine boosters:
- Chronic kidney, liver, or lung diseases (such as moderate or severe asthma)
- Down syndrome
- Genetic conditions, such as sickle cell disease or thalassemia
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Mental health conditions such as depression or schizophrenia
- Smokers or former smokers
- Substance abuse
Anyone who works in certain occupations that are at high risk of COVID-19 should get the booster shot:
- Healthcare workers
- Educators, such as teachers, daycare workers, and support staff
- US postal workers
- Public transit workers
- Food and agriculture workers
- Those who work in grocery stores, corrections, or manufacturing
Those were the original recommendations. However, now everyone should get a booster, and as I said above, we might need a second booster.
Nothing to update. No adverse events. No breakthrough infections. No flu (because I also got my flu vaccine). I must be the one boring boosted individual.
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