Epic Pharmacy is now providing in house booster shots for COVID-19 to help you futureproof yourself against the pandemic.
Why do you need a booster shot?
Although COVID-19 vaccination for adults ages 65 years and older remains effective in preventing severe disease, recent data suggests vaccination is less effective at preventing infection or milder illness with symptoms over time. It is because of the fact that immune response (antibodies) reduce in number over the period of months. This means if you contract the virus, your immunity will be less effective against it.
Who Should Get a Booster Shot?
Older adults age 65 years and older
risk of severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age and can also increase for adults of any age with underlying medical conditions.
Long-term care setting residents ages 18 years and older
rResidents in long-term care settings live closely together in group settings and are often older adults with underlying medical conditions, they are at increased risk of infection and severe illness from COVID-19.
People with underlying medical conditions ages 50–64 years
The risk of severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age and can also increase for adults of any age with underlying medical conditions.
People who work or live in high-risk settings ages 18–64 years
Adults who work or reside in certain settings (e.g., health care, schools, correctional facilities, homeless shelters) may be at increased risk of being exposed to COVID-19, which could be spreading where they work or reside.
Benefits of Getting a Booster Shot:
- In general, antibodies from vaccines decline over time, a booster shot replenishes them to provide you extended immunity.
- Higher antibody levels from vaccines seem to make the average person less likely to get sick from the coronavirus (vaccine efficacy).
- Booster shots of mRNA coronavirus vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) increase antibodies by about 10 times.
- Higher levels of antibodies seem to be especially important against the Delta variant of the coronavirus