So, who needs a second COVID-19 booster shot? Anyone age 50 or older, or anyone age 12 or older who has an underlying health condition that compromises their immune system. Both of these groups are eligible for a second booster shot and should seriously consider getting one. Isn’t a booster shot the same thing as a third dose? Not exactly.
Anyone wanting protection due to high levels of community transmission, people aged 65 years and older, or people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, should get the second dose of: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine 3 weeks (or 21 days) after the first dose. Moderna COVID-19 vaccine 4 weeks (or 28 days) after the first dose.
Most patients do not need a second booster to be considered fully vaccinated. Do COVID-19 vaccine boosters have side effects? Says Dr. Gulick, “We are not seeing increased risk of any of the side effects people have experienced after shots one and two, such as pain in the upper arm, a day or two of muscle aches, fatigue and, occasionally, fever.
The FDA has authorized the second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for four groups of people four months after they received their initial booster: Adults 50 and older Immunocompromised individuals 12 and older (eligible for Pfizer-BioNTech second booster)
Check with your doctor for individual recommendations, but here's a look at some of the general details and guideliness for whether you should get a second booster shot: What does a second booster...
Booster dose. These recommendations differ by age, what vaccines you have been given and the state of your immune system. But in general, people can get the booster shot at least two months after their last shot. People who recently had a positive COVID-19 test may think about waiting three months after their symptoms started to get the booster.