Important update on Covid booster shots

The wait has been shortened for those of you longing to get the Covid-19 booster shot or the third Covid-19 vaccine. The mandate to change the intervals between jabs was announced on Monday and came into effect yesterday. You can now get your booster shot three months after receiving your last vaccination, not six months as was previously the case. Plus, the duration between the first and second shot has been reduced from 42 days to 21 days. But if you contract Covid-19, you should wait at least 30 days before getting vaccinated. ☝🏽

Other significant news is that we ARE allowed to mix vaccines. If you received two shots of the Pfizer vaccine you can get a Johnson & Johnson booster shot after three months, while a Pfizer booster can be administered 60 days after the first Johnson & Johnson shot.

Several studies have found that mixing and matching vaccines or “heterologous booster doses” can elicit both a stronger immune response and higher resistance against the virus, as cited in a US study: “…heterologous boosts elicited similar or higher antibody responses than those who received a homologous [same doses] booster. However, both boosting approaches were effective and  had a good safety profile.”

That’s another win for science, so guns out, guys. 💪🏽It’s time to get your next shot!

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 24 February 2022. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.