COVID-19 booster shots: Which one is the best for you?

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EAU CLAIRE, WIS. (WLAX/WEUX) – Variations of COVID-19 have led to some people needing a bit of a boost to fight the disease.

Who can get a vaccine booster varies widely.

First News at Nine’s Leeann Stapleton explains why its limited to one group of possible recipients.

“The need for booster shots is based on looking at the immunity and break-through rates after completing a series of vaccines.”

In September, the FDA approved booster shots of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

If you are fully vaccinated with one of the other two vaccines, Doctor Ken Johnson with Prevea Health says a Pfizer booster is not for you.

“We are not currently recommending that if you had a dose of Moderna or a dose of J&J that you get a booster of Pfizer”

“Because there’s not a lot of good information on it yet, we don’t know for certain if or how effective it will be switching from one to another.”

Lieske Giese with the Eau Claire County Health Department says whatever vaccine type you started with, needs to be the same one you end with

“That continues to be the frame that all of us in the us are operating with. If you started with Moderna, your second dose should be Moderna, same with Pfizer.”

Johnson says with data collected since the rollout of Pfizer’s booster, the risk of getting delta variant has decreased

“Most important is that the vaccine have good evidence that they are very effective in lessening symptoms and preventing hospitalizations.”

Giese and Johnson says Moderna and J&J are currently seeking FDA approval.

“Whether or not you need a booster with Moderna or a booster with J&J will depend on what those studies found.”

“It’s in conversation and the FDA will be having a meeting as soon as next week I believe to really talk that through, and the data related to a booster being the right next step for those two vaccines.”

In Eau Claire Leeann Stapleton First News at Nine

Giese and Johnson expect the FDA to be meeting soon to discuss approval for Moderna and Johnson and Johnson.

Johnson says if you do get a booster shot to be mindful it takes two to four weeks for peek effectiveness. 

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