COVID-19 booster shots will be offered widely beginning Sept. 20

Studies out of Israel show booster helps to increase antibodies

Booster shots of COVID-19 vaccine will be offered to all eligible people in the U.S. beginning September 20; the shots will start with those who are eight months out from their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Boosters are already available in New Jersey to anyone with a compromised immune system.

Dr. Martin Blaser, director of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine at Rutgers University, said studies coming out of Israel are showing that a booster shot helps to increase antibodies. “The efficacy of the vaccine is clear, it’s really clear. But it’s not perfect, and over time, immunity goes down. And that’s what we’re beginning to see, and that’s what they saw in Israel,” Blaser said.

Dr. Stanley Weiss, Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at Rutgers School of Public Health, said, “The recommendation is to basically get the same vaccine that you’ve had before. There is no specific recommendation out yet from the Johnson & Johnson, which you know is a one-shot vaccine.”

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