Better with Boosters – Latest Guidance on the COVID-19 Booster

Health & Wellness  |  January 3, 2022

Guidance on the COVID-19 Booster

We know that fully vaccinated people are ten times less likely to become hospitalized when infected with the COVID-19 virus according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) earlier this fall. In our Christian Living Communities (CLC) – Cappella Living Solutions (Cappella) communities we continue to encourage everyone to please become immunized against the COVID-19 virus. Currently, across all the communities we support in five states our average vaccination rate for residents is 91% and 83% for team members who have received both the first and second dose of the vaccine.  However, the latest guidance indicates that a 3rd booster dose is necessary six months after the second dose to ensure the fullest protection against COVID-19 and emerging variants such as Omicron. We anticipate that in the coming months, to be considered fully vaccinated, people will need to have received the COVID-19 booster dose.

Each of our communities are working closely with local health departments to provide additional booster clinics. However, we know there are still some questions about the COVID-19 booster, why it is necessary and exactly what is in the booster dose.

Please find below an easy reference guide to the Facts vs the Fiction surrounding the booster dose.

Fiction Fact
The booster is different than the first two vaccine doses- it has new ingredients that make you sicker.The booster dose is the exact same formula that was given for the first and second doses. Moderna is half the dose and Pfizer is the full dose (1).

 

Other countries don’t even have a first dose of the vaccine, so why should we get a third dose?

 

It is important to protect yourself and others around you, just like putting your own oxygen mask on first. The USA and other countries are making efforts to help other countries. In the world, more than 8.7 billion doses have been given (2).

 

When will the boosters stop? I thought two doses were going to be enough.

 

It was never imagined the COVID pandemic would last this long. The COVID virus continues to mutate and change, just as any virus does. Experts say that COVID will never “go away” but can be maintained and managed with a vast majority of the population getting vaccinated and boosted. We will most likely see continued boosters (3). Boosters may soon be required to be considered “fully vaccinated”. We cannot let up because COVID is not letting up.

 

There are so many breakthrough cases, I don’t need to bother getting boosted.

 

 

 

 

People who are fully vaccinated are only about 35% protected against the Omicron variant, but a booster kicks the protection up to about 75% effectiveness. The vaccine and booster work to prevent serious illness and hospitalization but do not prevent mild cases of COVID (4). Fully vaccinated and boosted individuals have a 10-times lower rate of getting COVID (5). In addition, Omicron spreads 3.2 more quickly than other variants (6), so more people will get it and therefore, it is expected that more breakthrough cases will result.

 

If Omicron is less serious, I don’t need to get the booster.

 

There is early evidence that Omicron may cause less severe illness than earlier dominant variants, but it is still being studied. For people who remain unvaccinated, the science couldn’t be clearer that they are unprotected- they are 14 times more likely to die and eight times more likely to be hospitalized due to COVID compared to a fully vaccinated and boosted person (7).

 

Footnotes: 1- CDC; 2- John Hopkins; 3- Dr Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to President Biden; 4 & 6- Dr David Gifford, AHCA Chief Medical Officer; 5 & 7- Dr Rachel Levine, DHHS Assistant Secretary Admiral

Watch this to get more guidance on the Covid-19 Booster andVaccine

We encourage everyone to step up and do your part to protect our senior living communities and all that live and work in them, as well as being a good neighbor to promote health and wellness in the cities and towns we operate.

We know we will be Better with Boosters as we all do our part during this continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

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