I’ve been watching the soap opera between the White House, FDA, and CDC about who should get a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID vaccine. For those of us at the front of the line to get vaccinated, we’re approaching the six-month mark where evidence shows decreased effectiveness of the vaccine protecting people from infections.
In a practical sense, I know that being fully vaccinated gives me a 90% less chance of being hospitalized and an even lower chance of dying from a COVID infection than someone who is unvaccinated. I’m not so much afraid of catching COVID at the moment as what testing positive would mean.
If I’m home, it means I would need to stay in my house, isolated from Sharon and my family and friends until I recover. If I happen to get sick when I’m away from home, that’s a whole other ballgame. I’d either have to find somewhere to recuperate (like a hotel) or fly home this way.
This is why we’re back to only planning road trips until cases hopefully drop again.
With the governmental agencies now debating who needs to get booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine (and other vaccines undoubtedly due for the same debate), fully vaccinated people are wondering if at some point they will no longer be considered “fully vaccinated.”
The CDC puts to rest any discussion about who is considered “fully vaccinated” without regard to a booster dose. As per CNBC,
The CDC noted that the recommendation of a booster dose would not change the definition of who is considered fully vaccinated. That is, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after getting their second dose of either the Pfizer or the Moderna vaccines or their first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
So while a booster dose will give additional protection to those over 65 and those with health conditions, if you’ve completed your initial vaccination series, you’re considered fully vaccinated by the CDC.
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