Can I choose which COVID-19 vaccine I get?
Currently, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine available to children ages 5 through 17 years old. For adults ages 18 years and older, the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) are preferred over Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine. All COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized and recommended for use in the U.S. are safe and effective. However, mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are preferred based on an updated risk-benefit analysis.
Is there a difference between the Moderna COVID-19 booster and Moderna third shot?
In the case of Moderna, the booster dose is only half of the original dose. Unlike boosters, third/additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines are for people who received the complete starter series of vaccines but then their immune systems didn’t have a good enough response.
Can you get the COVID-19 vaccine if you are taking blood thinners?
As with all vaccines, any COVID-19 vaccine product may be given to these patients, if a physician familiar with the patient’s bleeding risk determines that the vaccine can be administered intramuscularly with reasonable safety.
What is the most important ingredient in both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines?
The most important ingredient in both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines is mRNA. The mRNA tells your cells how to make a protein from the coronavirus. Once your body knows how to make the protein, it can recognize COVID-19 and fight it. Learn more about how mRNA vaccines work.
Can you mix COVID-19 vaccines?
CDC does not recommend mixing products for a two-dose primary series or additional primary doses. For a booster dose, adults ages 18 years and older may choose which vaccine product they get. CDC recommends either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) in most circumstances.
Should the booster shot be the same as the first two shots?
>The FDA has authorized three vaccine boosters — Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson — and determined that it is safe for individuals to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster or additional dose that is a different brand than the initial dose or doses.
What is a vaccine booster?
A booster shot is an additional dose of a vaccine needed to “boost” your immunity. This will give you better protection from disease. Many routine vaccines require more than one shot to achieve immunity. For example, the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine requires two shots.
Can COVID-19 cause blood clots?
Can COVID-19 cause blood clots? Yes. Research is currently underway to investigate how COVID can affect the blood. Some COVID patients have developed blood clots in multiple places throughout the body, and patients that have diabetes or high blood pressure are at a higher risk.