COVID-19 Boosters vs. Extra Doses


With news that the CDC is now recommending an additional, third dose of COVID-19 vaccine for select groups and the possibility that boosters are on the horizon in the next few weeks, how do you know the difference between the two, and why is there a distinction? 


What’s the difference between a COVID-19 Booster and an Additional Dose? 


The recently authorized additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is meant to specifically reach people who may not have a sufficient or expected immune response to the vaccine. Offering an additional dose can help strengthen the immune response to help ward off both infection and severity of infection. 


Boosters on the other hand, are meant to address decreasing or waning vaccine effectiveness over time for people who had an expected immune response. Most studies continue to show that the COVID-19 vaccines are effective against COVID-19, particularly when it comes to severe infection and hospitalization. 

Will boosters be authorized? 


The Biden Administration announced this week that they’re likely to authorize boosters for COVID-19 vaccine recipients. The CDC and FDA have yet to weigh in on exactly who would qualify. More than likely the recommended rollout will be similar to the initial vaccine rollout, targeting health care workers, long term care residents and emergency workers before the broader population. 


As always, Rite Aid, once authorized by the CDC, will continue to help administer the COVID-19 vaccine, additional doses and boosters to help ensure the health and safety of our communities when we are able to do so. 

Keep Up the Prevention Measures


With the Delta variant driving up infections and cases across the country, getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your community along with mask-wearing and social distancing. 


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