Covid Booster Shots: Should You Mix and Match?

Is it safe to mix and match your vaccine and booster shot?

When it comes to Covid-19, we are all witnessing the process of the scientific method play out in real time. The pandemic hit us all by storm, and since the beginning we have watched scientists battle the disease, learning as they go, and informing the public of their findings along the way. The latest revelation in this process is that booster shots are recommended, and it’s okay to mix and match them.

There has been a lot of controversy around vaccinations, and a lot of misinformation. Last month however, the CDC approved mixing and matching vaccines and booster shots for people at high risk for the disease. This means that regardless of which vaccine you received, it is safe to take either the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson and Johnson booster shots to augment your immunity.

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If you have been vaccinated, you have some protection against contracting Covid-19. These booster shots work by increasing the level of antibodies in the blood. Right now, the boosters are being recommended for people in high risk categories, such as the following: 

Age 65+

Age 18-64 with underlying health issues

Age 18-64 who live in long-term care facilities

Age 18-64 who work in high-risk environments

If you are considering getting a booster shot, you should definitely have a chat with your doctor to make sure it is safe for you. That being said, we are all just doing the best we can with the information we have. Getting a booster may protect you, or a loved one from contracting Covid-19, so it’s absolutely worth looking into, especially if you fall into a high-risk category.

Published by karenmsutton

HSS Orthopaedic surgeon in sports medicine | Mother of 4 amazing children | Team physician for USA Women's Lacrosse | ACL injury expert

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