Here’s what it’s like to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot (from a different vaccine)
Virus expert Joseph Hyser got a recent booster shot from a different vaccine. Here are his side effects
Can you mix Pfizer and Moderna shots?
Business Insider reports that Hyser originally got both doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Recently, he got involved in a new COVID-19 vaccine mix-and-match study, which looks to see how boosters work and whether or not it’s safe to mix vaccines.
- For example, the study wants to see if someone who got the full Pfizer vaccine would see benefits from getting a Moderna booster shot, especially since both vaccines are mRNA vaccines.
Hyser did just that. He got the third booster shot from the Moderna vaccine rather than the Pfizer.
What side effects come from Pfizer and Moderna together?
Hyser said he had “similar types of side effects,” according to Business Insider. However, he said these side effects were “a little bit more obvious with the Moderna.”
- Hyser said ibuprofen and resting helped the side effects from the third shot go away. He told Business Insider that he had chills, arm soreness and it felt like he had taken a “hard punch in the shoulder” after the third shot.
- “With the booster, it was a little bit more severe,” he said.
When will we have to get our third COVID-19 shots?
- “The data that I see coming, they are supporting the notion that likely there will be a need for a booster somewhere between eight and 12 months,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said, according to Axios.
- “I think we will almost certainly require a booster sometime within a year or so after getting the primary (shot) because the durability of protection against coronaviruses is generally not lifelong,” Fauci said, according to Axios.