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You’ve Already Had Two Shots, Should You Get a Third?

If you were in a race, would you give up two-thirds of the way through? Probably not. So, why skip out on the COVID-19 vaccine booster shot?

It’s true you’ve already had to get two shots. Why the heck do you need a third? New data shows that a third shot can boost immune response even further than the initial two.

It’s easy to say, “well, I’ve already had both shots, and I’m protected,” but remembering that this is all a bit of an experiment is essential.

Although the ingredients are safe and the vaccine is effective, creators still weren’t sure how efficacy would wane over time or how many new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus would appear.

The past few weeks have shown that vaccine efficacy can wane, although it is still highly likely to prevent severe outcomes from COVID-19 like hospitalization and death. A third dose might be better at preventing infection and community spread.

New data is showing just how powerful a booster might be.

Researchers looked at blood samples from 33 healthy, fully vaccinated young adults around the Chicago area, with a median age of 43.

Nine months after they had two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, their virus-neutralizing antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 had gone down about 10-fold. After a booster, they went up 25-fold, which is five times higher than the two-dose cycle.

It should be noted that these findings are yet to be peer-reviewed and are considered preliminary.

Immunity clearly wanes over. As mentioned, the outcomes are not typically as severe as in unvaccinated individuals.

It appears a COVID-19 booster shot can enhance immunity and do an even better job of protecting you and your family. You’re already more than halfway there, anyways.

Author Bio

About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you. Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.

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