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Mon Sep 20, 2021, 01:27 PM

I asked my pharmacist about the COVID booster shots this morning

When I got my flu shot this morning I asked the pharmacist about the COVID booster shots.
He said they (Walgreens) are following federal guidelines and will not be giving boosters until the end of September.

Except = He said the Pfizer vaccine is available now for people who are immune suppressed such as cancer and HIV/Aids folks.
After the end of September those non immune suppressed who are over 65 can get a booster
and some in certain medical condition.

With the Pfizer exception,
he said “No boosters until the end of September”.

He also said as I had the two Moderna shots earlier,
my booster must be a Moderna -- no mixing vaccines.

I know some here and on my other ‘non-DU’ forums have received a booster shot already.
Maybe some pharmacists are following the guidelines and some are ‘winging it’ ?

Personally I'll follow the guidelines.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 01:29 PM

1. Thanks for the FYI! NT

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 01:41 PM

2. I am not planning on getting a booster until they have vaccinated the kids

and other unvaccinated folks. I am retired, fully vacc'd, and very careful when I rarely go out. I would rather see the kids get vacc'd before I take another shot.

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Response to MiniMe (Reply #2)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 01:51 PM

5. I don't think it's an either-or situation.

There seems to be plenty of vaccine to go around, and anyhow the kids will get different doses - maybe in different batches. Go ahead and get the booster when you can; the more people that are vaccinated or boosted the better for everyone.

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #5)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 01:54 PM

7. I don't think Moderna has been approved for a booster yet.

And I had Moderna. Now I have to wait at least 3 or 4 weeks because I had my flu shot last week.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 01:42 PM

3. I read recently that Moderna immunity lasts longer than the others.

Maybe a booster will be less necessary.

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2021/09/18/Big-gap-between-Pfizer-Moderna-vaccines-seen-for-preventing-COVID-19-hospitalizations/stories/202109180045

Data collected from 18 states between March and August suggest the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine reduces the risk of being hospitalized with COVID-19 by 91% in the first four months after receiving the second dose. Beyond 120 days, however, that vaccine efficacy drops to 77%.

Meanwhile, Moderna’s vaccine was 93% effective at reducing the short-term risk of COVID-19 hospitalization and remained 92% effective after 120 days.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 01:44 PM

4. Thank you.

I think it's important that he said no mixing vaccines. There are some on here who tell people who have gotten the J&J that they should go get one of the others as a booster. I don't think people on here should play doctor or scientist. We have to wait for the real doctors and scientists to make those kinds of recommendations. Just because there are instances of some people who have mixed and matched and didn't have any adverse side effects certainly doesn't prove it's safe for the general population.

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Response to StarryNite (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 02:02 PM

10. San Francisco is giving out Moderna and Pfizer boosters for J&J receipients.

NT

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 01:53 PM

6. Thanks for this.

I'm 69 and was thinking of calling Walgreens today about the booster. I can wait 2 weeks, no problem. I had the Pfizer shot which is better against Delta and had Covid before that, and don't have any of the big risk factors - especially since I lost weight. So 4 more weeks of always masking isn't a burden at all for me and as long as the vaccination rate isn't higher here, I'll probably just continue on like I have been - just feeling more secure.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 01:58 PM

8. Thanks for the info. The end of September isn't far away.

I'm not immune-suppresed, just old, and I got Pfizer. So I guess I'll be at Walgreen's door on or about October 1.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 02:00 PM

9. Moderna booster is allowed for immunocompromised.

I already got one.

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Response to LisaL (Reply #9)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 02:26 PM

13. I did not know there was a moderna booster approved n/t

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 02:05 PM

11. He's a little off. Both Pfizer and Moderna have been approved on

An emergency basis for the immune suppressed. It is the same shot as the original ones. Some pharmacies may have only one or the other so you might want to call ahead.
I haven't heard anything about mixing the two types. I don't know if there is a rule.
The Pfizer approval for over 65 and some others should come very soon.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Mon Sep 20, 2021, 02:16 PM

12. The CDC says you should get a booster that is the same

As your original shots but if that isn't available then you are good to go with the other brand:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html

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