In recent weeks, health experts have started to revisit vaccine distribution plans, with booster shots likely to come. President Joe Biden’s administration said they would likely be recommended to everyone several months after completing the initial diet. The administration is targeting the week of September 20 as an interim launch date for the booster shots, which should boost the immune systems of recipients as the highly contagious Delta variant continues to spread.
But there is still uncertainty as to when the boosters will be available to the general public and whether the elderly will be a priority, as they were during the initial vaccine rollout. Here’s what older people need to know about how to get vaccinated and what to expect from boosters.
Who can get vaccinated?
Pfizer’s vaccine is approved for all Americans 12 years of age and older, and Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are available to anyone 18 years of age and older. Pfizer’s vaccine is currently the only vaccine that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has moved from emergency use authorization status to full approval. The three vaccine makers are studying how younger populations respond to their injections, with Pfizer and Moderna expanding clinical trials to children aged 5 to 11.
Where can I get vaccinated?
Federal government Vaccines.gov The website allows you to search for locations by zip code, with links to appointments, and many sites allow walk-in tours.
Many health clinics, doctor’s offices, and county pharmacies, including big chains like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart, make appointments for vaccines, and many of them offer walk-in vaccinations. Check pharmacy websites for appointment and walk-in options. Veterans can get vaccinated at Veterans Affairs Canada facilities. For residents and staff of long-term care facilities, vaccines are usually available on site.
Mass vaccination sites that sprang up across the country at the start of vaccine distribution have mostly closed.
Are there any side effects?
Some people never develop side effects, but many experience pain at the injection site, fever, chills, headache, muscle or joint pain, among other symptoms. These reactions are temporary, but experts say you should avoid making big plans in the days after your date as a precaution.
More serious sequelae, including a small number of allergic reactions, are rare. Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine has been associated with rare and serious blood clots in a small number of recipients, particularly in women aged 50 and under.