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Will I need a COVID-19 booster shot?

November 30, 2021
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New COVID-19 cases continue to be reported across the country. But, there are effective measures you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones.

How can I protect myself from COVID-19 and its variants?

To help protect yourself, just remember…

What is a booster shot?

The CDC says1 a booster shot is another dose of a vaccine that is given to someone who built enough protection after vaccination, but then that protection decreased over time. Booster shots can increase the protection you received from the original vaccine.

Will I need a booster shot?

According to the CDC, booster shots can increase the protection you received from the original vaccine. You should get a booster if you’re 18 years or older and you received your:

What if I have a health condition that puts me at higher risk for COVID-19 complications?

Some people with weakened immune systems are eligible for an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose. This dose is different from a booster shot. Learn more about additional doses for immunocompromised people here.1

If you have questions about receiving an additional dose, talk to your primary care provider.

When can I get a booster shot?

Booster shots are available at many providers’ offices and pharmacies.

In Massachusetts, you can search for available booster shot appointments here: https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/

In Rhode Island, you can search for available booster shot appointments here: https://www.vaccinateri.org/

Where can I get more information?

To learn more about COVID-19 booster shots, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html.1

If you’re a CCA member, you can also call Member Services at 866-610-2273 (TTY 711). You can also always talk to your primary care provider about COVID-19 vaccine options.

[This article was originally published on September 21, 2021]

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