The Pandemic

Here's What to Expect When Getting Your Second Covid-19 Booster

Locals who've already gotten it share their experience.

By Samantha Lane April 13, 2022

Wondering if you should get your second Covid-19 booster shot? The Food and Drug Administration approved a second booster of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for those who are 50 or older on March 29. In efforts to further decrease Covid-19 cases, the FDA also approved the boosters for people age 12 and older who are considered immunocompromised by health professionals.

If you do get a second booster, you must wait four months after getting your first one. It doesn't matter which brand of vaccine you receive the second time around—you can mix and match—but the CDC also recommends getting mRNA boosters if you initially received a Johnson & Johnson single-dose Covid-19 vaccine.

Here's what some locals over the age of 50 experienced when getting their second booster in Sarasota-Manatee.

William Anderson got his second booster at a Walmart pharmacy. He suggests walking in rather than making an appointment because, he says, the store's online platform was confusing to navigate.

“I also had no side effects from the second booster,” says Anderson. “I’d suggest people get it as soon as possible. We walked in to Walmart and were served immediately.”

Bob Turffs and Alice D'Souza both say they received the second booster with "no issues.” Side effects can include pain at the injection site, mild flu-like symptoms and a low-grade fever, but studies have shown side effects typically resolve within a few days.

"I just want to protect myself with all the tools in the box. So far, so good," says D'Souza.

Karen Hall said other than soreness at the injection site and experiencing those flu-like for 12 hours, her second booster was a "non-event."

Kirby Michael Rolfe equated getting the Covid vaccine and boosters to receiving the polio vaccine when it first hit the market.

"Polio killed thousands and crippled many times that number. It wasn't a political decision—it was a public health and safety one," Rolfe says. "I got vaccinated because it felt rational. I got boosted for the same reason."

here. For more information about Covid-19 or booster shots, visit the CDC website here.

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