The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced that COVID-19 booster shots should be had by all adults who received their full vaccination already. If you received your second dose of either the Pfizer or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine six months ago it is now recommended that you get a booster shot of the vaccine.
The CDC had originally only recommended the booster shots for those over the age of 65 years old or with underlying immunodeficiencies, but now it is recommended for all adults. This is important, especially if you are the caregiver of someone who is aging in place you will want to get your booster as soon as you are eligible so you can continue to care for your loved without putting them at significant risk.
As more is known about how the efficacy of the original vaccines wanes over time, the data from public studies has shown that a booster shot will restore your original immunity and you will continue to be protected.
Similarly to the first and second doses of the vaccine those that are receiving booster shots may experience mild symptoms after the shot such as fever or a headache, but studies have shown that there are generally no severe adverse affects of getting a booster shot.
The pandemic continues to ravage much of the United States and the rest of the world and the best protection against the disease is a vaccine and now a booster shot for the vaccine. The CDC also continues to recommend, even for people who are vaccinated that they wear masks indoors, especially around the more vulnerable populations.