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These people immediately qualify for coronavirus booster shots

Could coronavirus booster shots be available this weekend?

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine vials at Weber State University in Ogden.
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine vials sit on a table at a vaccination clinic at the Shepherd Union Atrium at Weber State University in Ogden on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a third COVID-19 vaccine shot for people with weakened immune systems as early as Thursday, The New York Times reports.
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The Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize a third COVID-19 vaccine shot for people with weakened immune systems as early as Thursday, The New York Times reports.

  • The decision comes as the delta variant surges across the nation, putting those with compromised immune systems at risk.

Who qualifies for a COVID-19 booster shot?

Right now, it’s unclear who directly qualifies for the third shot. Per The Washington Post, the third shot will likely be available for the following list of people:

  • Transplant patients who take drugs that suppress their immune system.
  • People who have diseases, like blood cancers, that hurt their immune system.
  • People who have HIV/AIDS or cancer, per the CDC.

Will you need a third COVID-19 booster shot?

Yes, but not yet. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has confirmed that everyone will likely need a COVID-19 booster shot, just not right now.

  • “Inevitably there will be a time when we’ll have to give boosts,” he told NBC News’ “Today” on Wednesday.
  • “At this moment, other than the immunocompromised, we’re not going to be giving boosters.”

How to know if you need a COVID-19 booster shot

Per The New York Times, physicians will have the power to recommend an additional COVID-19 shot. There won’t be a uniform recommendation for everyone to get it because “the immunocompromised population is too diverse,” according to The New York Times.

  • “Some may be protected by the standard vaccine dosage, despite their conditions. Others may be poorly shielded by the vaccines, but unable to benefit from an additional shot,” The New York Times reports.