Everything You Need to Know About the Covid-19 Booster Shot


Although vaccines have been distributed around the U.S., COVID-19 cases are on the rise due to new variants emerging. In light of the recent spike in cases, professionals have recommended that eligible groups get a booster shot for their COVID vaccination.

“The booster is recommended for those sixty-five or older and those with underlying conditions,” Chelsea School Nurse MJ Nelson said. “It is also recommended for those living or working in high-risk areas.”

The FDA advisory committee unanimously agreed to promote the booster shots after completing numerous studies. The data concluded that the booster shot is incredibly beneficial in protecting the health of people who are more susceptible to the virus.

“Studies are showing increased antibody levels with the booster,” Nelson said. “It is believed to be safe, but the studies are new, so they don’t know the long-term benefits.”

The Johnson & Johnson booster shot is available for those above 18 years old and those who received the initial vaccine at least two months ago. The Pfizer and Moderna booster is available for those over age sixty-five or who are high risk and have received their second shot at least six months ago. One group that is high risk is teachers. A few members of the staff here at Chelsea High School have already received the booster.

“I feel lucky to be able to receive the booster so I can protect myself and hopefully protect others from the virus,” CHS English teacher Adam Schilt said. “I am personally thankful for any scientific advancements that can get us closer to the end of the pandemic.”

If you are unsure if you are eligible for the booster, click here to take a quiz and see. Your best bet is to always speak with a doctor or other healthcare provider before making any decision on your health.