Author: Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, Campus Public Health Officer
How do I know if I’m fully vaccinated?
COVID-19 continues to be a moving target, with Omicron BA.2 now the dominant variant in the U.S. The CDC has switched from talking about being “fully vaccinated” to staying “up to date on vaccinations.” As we learn more about both the virus and the vaccines, the CDC booster recommendations are kept updated here. A meeting to review booster recommendations happens April 6, so expect changes. As of today:
- If you are immunocompromised, it is recommended that you schedule a second booster at least four months following the previous booster.
- If you are over age 50 and received either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, you are eligible for a second booster at least four months after the first booster.
- If you received the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen, it is recommended that you have your first booster at least two months after the J&J dose. The booster should be either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna. If the booster was J&J, you are eligible for a second booster at least four months after the first booster. It should be either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.
- Boosters are not currently recommended for children ages 5-11.
What is “layered protection” and how do I know how much protection I need?
Based on these factors, you can add layers of protection as needed: washing your hands, staying up to date on vaccinations, wearing an N95 mask indoors, maintaining safe spacing, and so on.
Why are we hearing so much about wastewater?
Where are we in the progress for a vaccine for children under five?
Parting thought: We are interconnected on this planet, especially during a pandemic. To see how others around the world are being impacted by COVID-19, refer to this World Health Organization website.