- These shots have been given out since Aug. 12 when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other medical experts called on people who were immunocompromised to get booster shots to ward off the coronavirus.
How many people got COVID-19 booster shots?
Per CNBC, about 955,000 fully vaccinated people received another dose of the COVID-19 vaccines.
- Those fully vaccinated people previously received either two shots of Pfizer or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
- “It’s unclear if all of those people were considered immunocompromised,” according to CNBC.
Who qualifies for a COVID-19 booster shot now?
Per The Washington Post, the third shot is available for immunocompromised people. People will need a doctor’s note to receive the vaccine shot right now.
Should you get a COVID-19 booster shot?
Some experts are worried about giving out the COVID-19 booster shots too soon, though. Experts told Kaiser Health News that there is little known about the side effects of a third shot.
And experts recently told The New York Times that some people might not need the third shot yet, since the COVID-19 vaccines are stopping hospitalizations so far. For example, Dr. Céline Gounder, an infectious disease specialist at Bellevue Hospital Center, told The New York Times that the COVID-19 vaccine boosters are only needed if the vaccines weren’t stopping severe illness.
- “Feeling sick like a dog and laid up in bed, but not in the hospital with severe COVID, is not a good enough reason,” Gounder told The New York Times. “We’ll be better protected by vaccinating the unvaccinated here and around the world.”