Health & Wellness | April 8, 2022
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended last week that certain people receive a second dose booster (either their third shot if they received Johnson & Johnson or their fourth shot if they received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines). People over the age of 50 and some immune compromised groups should consider receiving the second booster at least four months after their first booster dose. The CDC has provided this grid to help everyone determine their eligibility for the second booster and when they should plan to get one.
All Christian Living Communities (CLC) – Cappella Living Solutions (Cappella) communities have scheduled additional booster clinics in April to help residents and qualifying team members get the second booster when they are eligible. Please talk to your community Executive Director or concierge about when the clinic for your community is scheduled. As you can see from the study data release in January listed below, we are Better with Boosters and will continue to make vaccines and boosters conveniently available in our communities with the support of our pharmacy partners.
A CDC study released on January 28, 2022 found that adults who received the third booster dose increased the vaccines’ effectiveness of preventing hospitalizations from 82% to 97%. For the immune-compromised, the effectiveness of preventing a hospitalization jumped from 69% to 88%. The booster offers more robust protection from the harshest effects of the COVID-19 virus.
The latest guidance indicates that a third booster dose is necessary six months after the second dose to ensure the fullest protection against COVID-19 and variants such as Omicron. In fact, the CDC considers a person to be “up to date” on their vaccinations when they have received all COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s).
In our CLC – Cappella communities, we continue to encourage everyone to please become immunized against the COVID-19 virus, including the booster dose. 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.
|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, well over 10 billion doses and constantly increasing 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). According to the CDC, “Up to Date” means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.|
|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).|
|If Omicron and possibly future variants are less serious, I don’t need to get the booster.|
|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). As of February 9, 2022, 903,038 people in USA have died of COVID and over 2000 die per day and the country remains in high level of CDC Transmission rates.|
Footnotes: 1- CDC; 2- John Hopkins; 3- Dr Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to President Biden; 4 – Dr David Gifford, AHCA Chief Medical Officer; 5 & 7- Dr Rachel Levine, DHHS Assistant Secretary Admiral
We encourage everyone associated with our communities to become current on their COVID-19 vaccines, including receiving the third dose. By stepping up in this way, you are doing your part to protect our senior living communities and all who live and work in them, as well as being a good neighbor to promote health and wellness in our wider communities.
We know we will be Better with Boosters as we all do our part during this continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
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