Guidance for Choosing a 4th COVID Shot or the Omicron Booster

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Guidance for Choosing a 4th COVID Shot or the Omicron Booster

Guidance for Choosing , a 4th COVID Shot , or the Omicron Booster.

As other nations begin to offer Omicron-specific booster shots, .

Those in the U.S. may be wondering if they should get a fourth booster shot now... ... or wait for a booster that is tailored to the highly-contagious strain to be available in the U.S. Currently, only those over the age of 50 or those between 12 and 50 who are immunocompromised are eligible for a second booster shot.

Currently, only those over the age of 50 or those between 12 and 50 who are immunocompromised are eligible for a second booster shot.

While the Omicron booster should be available in the U.S. sometime this fall.

Health experts recommend that if you're eligible for the booster you should get one as soon as possible.

For those who have not been vaccinated or recently had COVID in the past six months.

Experts recommend a booster in that scenario as well.

For those who are not eligible for the booster and have not opted to get one, .

Experts say waiting for the Omicron booster this fall is a viable option.

They also caution that while the Omicron booster will be made specifically to combat that variant, it won't be full-proof protection.

Boosters against Omicron are not going to be a magic shield, Dr. Shane Crotty, La Jolla Institute for Immunology, via 'The New York Times'.

For those who have received a second booster shot and are considering getting the Omicron booster as well, experts say the extra shot will not make much difference.

If you get a booster now and you get another booster Sept.

15, donโ€™t expect that second shot to do anything, Dr. Shane Crotty, La Jolla Institute for Immunology, via 'The New York Times'


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