For those of you in an “at-risk” group (co-morbidity or over 65 years old), Covid boosters are now available if you are more than four months out from your last shot. Having had a booster last September, I enrolled online yesterday on CVS, site of all my boosters, and made an appointment for that afternoon. First, I had to fill out a health questionnaire online as usual. The hard part? The question asking me to list the date of my last booster. Fortunately, I remembered to visit the commonwealth’s vaccine site, which stores that information. It didn’t take long: https://www.mass.gov/massachusetts-vaccination-records.
As for getting the shot itself, no line, little wait, and no problem (Note: I gave myself a rapid test beforehand to ensure I wasn’t ill with Covid when getting the shot). My shoulder is not sore today, nor do I feel any other side effect. What lies ahead? I plan on getting my next booster in the fall, when, we hope, boosters will be even better targeted towards the most prevalent strains of Covid, and may even last for a year. But I am willing to get a shot as often as is recommended by the cognoscenti.
STARTING TO MAKE SOME
Not at all. Over a million American citizens have died from Covid, many of whom might otherwise still be alive (some who died from Covid were already infirm beyond recovery). How many have died because they resisted getting a vaccine? The former president, who claimed that Covid was a fraud though privately he admitted otherwise to reporter Bob Woodward in early 2020, has lots of blood on his hands. His scorn of masks and downplaying of the danger had fatal consequences for many Americans.
As a person who still wears masks in public spaces indoors and avoids crowds in all circumstances, I have not yet contracted Covid. Some friends of mine, who let their guards down in the last few months, have gotten bad cases as their vaccines wears off. One friend suffers from long Covid. Discretion is the better part of valor, it seems to me, and I have few regrets about the concerts and athletic events I have missed by acting prudently. But people will make their own decisions about risk-taking.
Bob, thank you!
Thank you Bob It is very important to be vaccinated and boosted and still take precautions. We have been very lucky that Moderna and Pfizer came out with their mRNA vaccine so quickly and it did help and save many lives.
Thanks for the tip Bob. It was a good reminder than I’m due for a booster.
I’m grateful that I was able to get a bivalent booster today since I’ll be taking Amtrak to NYC in a few weeks and dreading possibly having 5 hours sitting next to someone unmasked who could be coughing and sneezing.
Got mine day after CDC approved. Thanks for promoting it Bob.
About RFK Jr, I worked for his dad’s campaign. Post saving the Hudson (which my son knows something about as the lead aquatic scientist at Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook), Jr. is a fool, unless he wants to renounce everything he’s said and done in his anti vax rebirth. He should stick to the environment where his work is respected.
Has anyone here done the research? Is this booster different from our second booster, which I thought was already bivalent? Or is it just that that second booster is losing its efficacy after 4 months?
Is it better to wait until there is a new booster fighting the latest strains or is that it? Thanks for your help.
My primary care physician suggested that I get this booster and then get the follow-up booster in the fall that will have the most current variants. This one keeps my defenses up against serious illness though it may not help all that much in preventing infection.
In other words, it is not an “either/or.”