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  • Writer's pictureMaddie Cohen

Are You Eligible for a Third COVID-19 Shot?

You might have heard people talking about third COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots.

This post will outline the differences between the two, and discuss whether you might be eligible.

Booster Shots vs. Third Vaccine Doses

A booster shot is an additional dose of a vaccine—administered after a certain amount of time has passed since the initial shot, or shots.

Generally, people seek booster vaccines after their initial immunity has begun to fade. These doses tend to vary from the original ones, and they’re designed to help people stay immune for longer periods of time.

Conversely, the term “third shot” describes a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for those who haven’t fully responded after the initial doses. It’s ideal for those who have recently experienced an organ transplant, for example, or people who are severely immunocompromised.

Are You Eligible for Another COVID-19 Shot?

On August 12, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of both the Pfizer and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to include third doses for immunocompromised people. This type of shot is simply a third dose administered no fewer than 28 days after the second one.

Meanwhile, on September 22, the FDA amended the EUA of the Pfizer booster shot for eligible people six months after receiving their second dose. These people include those over age 65, and those over 18 who are at high risk of contracting severe COVID-19. A third dose of the Moderna booster is not yet available.

Contact your physician for more information. And keep in mind that for the majority of Americans, the existing vaccines offer excellent protection against severe cases of COVID-19.

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