The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently announced that certain individuals are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot. Did you get a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shot at least 6 months ago? Or, did you get a Johnson & Johnson shot at least 2 months ago? If so, as a chronic kidney disease patient of any age, you qualify for a booster shot.
What shot can I get?
Along with millions of Americans, CKD patients can now take a mix-and-match approach to COVID-19 boosters if you choose. Whether you feel more comfortable sticking with the same vaccine maker as your original dose or want to try a different one, the choice is yours.
Why should CKD patients get a booster?
Chronic kidney disease makes it difficult for your immune system to keep up with the demands of fighting off germs and viruses, and COVID-19 is no exception. The CDC reports that protection against the virus after your initial vaccination could decrease over time. This doesn’t mean that the shots aren’t working. In fact, all three vaccines are effective at preventing severe complications, hospitalization, and death. Public health experts are recommending a booster dose to maintain protection against mild and moderate COVID-19 cases.
For CKD patients, it’s especially important to remain vigilant to avoid life-threatening complications from COVID-19. A booster dose can offer that improved defense.
Where can I get it?
CKD patients can schedule a booster shot through their healthcare provider or local pharmacy such as Walgreens, CVS, and Kroger. Don’t forget to bring your vaccination card to the appointment!
Our team at the Nephrology Associates of Cincinnati strongly encourages chronic kidney disease patients to get their booster shot before the holiday season! Continue to check the CDC website for the latest vaccination updates and guidance.