Q&A: New booster questions: eligibility and timing

We’ve noticed a lot of questions and confusion from people who don’t think they are eligible for the new bivalent COVID-19 boosters because they’ve had their third or fourth monovalent mRNA shot. In this Q&A, University Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bryan Alsip explains how the new boosters protect us from Omicron subvariants, talks about on how people can figure out the best timing for them, and talks about why the immune system likely works better when you stretch out the time between shots.

Adults and kids over 12 who have been vaccinated definitely are eligible for the new boosters! And younger children may be eligible soon. For more information about booster availability at University Health pharmacies, go to WeCanDoItSA.com.

COVID-19 Update: Getting the New Booster

00:00 - What is the difference between the old mRNA COVID-19 boosters and the new ones?

01:17 - I recently got the monovalent COVID-19 booster. Am I eligible for the new bivalent booster?

01:38 - How long should I wait after getting the old COVID-19 booster to get the new bivalent booster?

01:52 - I just got over COVID-19. If it was an Omicron subvariant, don’t I already have protection against future Omicron infection?

02:20 - How long should I wait after recovering from COVID-19 to get the new booster?

02:49 - Why is it better to stretch out the waiting period between vaccination or recovery and getting the new bivalent booster?

03:36 - What are B cells and T cells and how are they different from antibodies?

04:07 - What is hyperactive immunity?

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