The COVID-19 pandemic has not ended yet. Rather than reaching an end, experts say that we must learn to live with the virus. This means things like wearing a mask and social distancing.  Vaccines may also be a part of life in some form for the foreseeable future. Recently, a second COVID-19 booster shot has been made available for those who need it. This post discusses who can get it, why seniors may want to get one, and where to get one.

Who is Eligible for a Second Booster Vaccine?

The Centers for Disease Control now recommends that people over the age of 50 receive a second booster shot, along with immunocompromised individuals. Anyone who has received a primary dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine may get a second booster. At least four months from the last booster.

Until recently, Americans who are immunocompromised were eligible to receive a fourth COVID-19 vaccine.

Why Seniors Should Get a Second COVID-19 Booster?

Seniors should get a second COVID-19 booster because it will continue to reduce the likelihood of hospitalizations or death from COVID-19. How long a second booster will be effective in protecting against the virus is still being explored. Another variant known as BA.2, which is a more contagious strain of the omnicon variant, is in the United States.  There are concerns it may fuel another surge in cases. Studies conducted in Israel, the only country that has allowed second boosters, showed increased protection and antibody levels for older people during the height of Omicron.

Where to Get A Second COVID-19 Booster

Most major pharmacy chains including Safeway, Albertsons, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, and Kroger have COVID-19 Vaccine series and booster shots available. Vaccine sites in Orange County, CA, as well as area hospitals, have also made them available. The California MyTurn website is also a good resource to find booster shots offered by local pharmacies and practices in Newport Beach, CA, and throughout California.

Staying safe at home is as important as ever. For seniors who need a little extra help at home, companion care, or specialized Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s care at home, reach out to Optimal Senior Care Solutions at (949)-535-2211 today!