As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the world, getting vaccinated is one of the most important steps we can take to protect ourselves and our communities. Many people have already received their first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, but as new variants emerge, booster shots may be necessary to maintain immunity.
In this article, we will discuss how to prepare for your second bivalent booster appointment.
First, it’s important to understand what a bivalent booster is. A bivalent booster is a booster shot that targets two different strains of the virus. Currently, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are bivalent, as they target both the original strain of the virus and the Delta variant. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not bivalent, as it only targets the original strain of the virus.
So, how can you prepare for your second bivalent booster appointment? Here are some tips:
- Check the timing of your appointment: Depending on which vaccine you received for your first and second doses, the timing of your booster shot may vary. For example, if you received the Pfizer vaccine, the CDC recommends getting your booster shot at least six months after your second dose. If you received the Moderna vaccine, the CDC recommends getting your booster shot at least six months after your second dose as well. It’s important to check with your healthcare provider or the CDC to determine when you should schedule your booster appointment.
- Gather your vaccine card: When you receive your first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, you are typically given a vaccine card that shows proof of vaccination. It’s important to bring this card with you to your booster appointment so that your healthcare provider can record your booster shot.
- Be prepared for potential side effects: Like with the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, there may be some side effects associated with the booster shot. These side effects are generally mild and include things like soreness at the injection site, fatigue, and headaches. However, it’s still important to be prepared for these side effects and plan accordingly. For example, you may want to schedule your booster appointment for a day when you have less going on or take the day off from work.
- Stay informed: As new information about the COVID-19 vaccine and booster shots emerges, it’s important to stay informed. Keep an eye on updates from the CDC and your healthcare provider, and don’t hesitate to ask questions if you have any concerns or uncertainties.
Walgreens is offering both Pfizer and Moderna’s new boosters. The shots haven’t reached all of the chain’s locations yet, but new appointments are being added daily. You can view and schedule appointments on the Walgreens website, on the pharmacy’s app or by calling 1-800-WALGREENS.
In conclusion, getting vaccinated and receiving a booster shot is one of the most important things we can do to protect ourselves and our communities from the COVID-19 pandemic. By following these tips and preparing for your second bivalent booster appointment, you can help ensure that you are doing your part to keep yourself and others safe.