Important Updates: Omicron and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Updated information about the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
On December 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their guidance. The new guidance notes that either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are preferred over the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine.
Why did the CDC change their guidance?
Data shows that the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines provide better protection. Also, there have been more cases of a rare blood clot in patients who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
If I got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, do I need to get another vaccine?
All patients who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should get a single booster dose at least 2 months after their original dose. Either Pfizer or Moderna are preferred over the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for the booster.
You are still considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after you received your vaccine without this booster dose. However, the booster dose will provide more protection from COVID infection.
The Omicron Variant
The first case of infection with the Omicron variant was detected in the United States on December 1, 2021. The CDC has up-to-date information. They also have frequently asked questions. This includes information about how the virus is spreading and steps you can take to reduce your risk of infection. The quick spread of this new COVID variant is a reminder of the importance of getting vaccinated and boosted. It is also important to get tested if you have symptoms or are exposed. Wear a mask when appropriate.
How can I get vaccinated or get a booster?
You can find locations anywhere in the US by searching vaccines.gov. You can also text your zip code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233. Patients in Massachusetts can search on vaxfinder.mass.gov.
We want to protect our clients, their families, and our caregivers during these times. As we strive to provide the best in-home care it is imperative that we start by taking care of ourselves.
Source: Mass General Brigham https://www.massgeneralbrigham.org/