Who shouldn't get the new COVID booster?


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended Tuesday that new COVID-19 boosters be made available to nearly all Americans. The new COVID boosters will be available this week to all adults and children 6 months of age or older. Some people may wish to reconsider getting the vaccine despite the general recommendation.

Those younger than six months of age are the most obvious group who shouldn’t get the vaccination. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved a dose of vaccine for the youngest Americans.

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If you had an allergic reaction to the COVID component and were not able to receive the early vaccine, Dr. Kristin Engellund, an infectious diseases physician at Cleveland Clinic, recommends that you do the same thing with the booster. If you had a severe reaction such as anaphylaxis to a previous dose, the same applies.

Dr. Englund said that some people might still be able receive another COVID-19 without this component. This includes the Novavax shot rather than Moderna or Pfizer BioNTech shots. The FDA website has a list of each vaccine’s ingredients. Experts recommend that you consult your doctor if you fall under any of these categories. The CDC recommends waiting to get a booster if you already have COVID until you’ve completed your period of isolation. The CDC also encourages people who are pregnant or breastfeeding to get the COVID vaccine. They are also encouraged to do so if they are planning to become pregnant. Otherwise, if you received previous COVID vaccines without any complications, you should expect the same with the newest booster.