Booster Shots: Who's Eligible and How Do They Work?

Booster shots help your immune system remember disease-causing viruses that it’s encountered before in order to allow it to produce the antibodies that protect your body. Boosters are used o supplement vaccines as they weaken over time.

Many groups are at increased risk of contracting the virus due to underlying health conditions or life circumstances. The individuals in these groups may qualify for a booster shot.

Learn more about how the booster shot works and if you may be eligible to receive one from the medical professionals at your local RGV family medical clinic.

Who’s Eligible To Get a Booster Shot?

A booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine was approved by the FDA for individuals aged 65 and older, nursing home residents, and those aged 50 to 64 dealing with underlying medical conditions. Recently, the director of the CDC expanded the list of those eligible for coronavirus booster shots to include the following groups:

• Those 65 years and older, and residents of long-term facilities
• Those 50 to 64 years of age with underlying medical conditions
• Those 18 to 49 years of age with underlying medical conditions and at a high risk of infection
• Those 16 to 64 years of age who are at a high risk of infection due to their job including those working in hospitals, schools, and grocery stores

If you believe you are eligible for the Pfizer booster shot, speak with your doctor or medical provider to find out if it is a good option for you.

How Do Booster Shots Work?

A vaccine uses a weakened form of the targeted virus to trigger your immune system. This weakened attack will allow your body to produce antibodies that attack the foreign body. These antibodies are then able to recognize and destroy the virus if they encounter it. Similarly, a booster shot is used to functionally refresh your immune system’s memory, allowing it to maintain a strong response to the coronavirus.

What Kinds of Booster Shots Are Available?

As of now, there is one booster shot available at your Healthy Lifestyles RGV Medical Clinic, the Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot. The CDC has approved booster versions of the Moderna vaccine, as well. Individuals can choose either booster shot, regardless of which vaccine they initially received.

The CDC committee has recommended a single dose of this booster shot for those who are eligible. If you believe you meet the eligibility requirements, speak to your doctor to discuss whether you should take the booster.

When Should I Get My Booster Shot?

If you are eligible for the Pfizer booster shot, you can receive one today. Booster shots are available at Healthy Lifestyles RGV Medical Clinic for those who qualify.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the booster shot or want to find out if you are eligible, reach out to our family medicine providers and we will be happy to assist you.

To schedule your booster shot, reach out to your local family medicine providers at Healthy Lifestyles RGV Medical Clinic.

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