GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (WFRV) – Friday morning, the FDA officially cleared the booster injections Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines for all adults aged 18 and over.
Hours later, CDC advisers have voted make the same recommendation.
With those approvals obtained, local doctors like Dr Brian Temple, an infectious disease physician at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, are urging all who are eligible to get the full shot.
“My push is for those who are not vaccinated to get the vaccine,” Dr Temple said, “and those who are now eligible to get the booster to go ahead and get the booster since we have received this clearance from the FDA this morning. “
According to Dr Temple, getting the booster now could help prevent a serious coronavirus infection.
“You still have some protection from your previous vaccine,” he said, “but when the booster kicks in it increases your overall antibodies, which reduces the chances of progressing and ending up in the hospital. . “
It’s part of an ever-adapting plan for an ever-adapting virus.
“No one can predict if we’ll need a booster annually and every six months,” said Dr. Temple.
The doctor says it is too early to look that far, but for now, “They noted that after about six months the overall protection wanes, as you can see that people who have already been vaccinated have gone. presented with COVID. “
Dr Temple says now is the time to get the shot, ahead of family reunions this holiday season.
“It’s like adding an extra layer of protection in winter,” he said. “It helps. You are also getting ready, so by Christmas you should be ready, and New Years you should definitely be ready.
He also recommends getting the flu shot.
“I would recommend anyone who is eligible to get the flu shot,” said Dr. Temple. “The covid vaccine does not protect you from the flu. “
According to the doctor, this is another way to protect yourself and those around you.
“All we want to do is just move on, protect each other, so that we can get back to some kind of normalcy,” he said.