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Are you continuing to protect yourself against COVID-19? Scientific evidence shows that COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses are effective in protecting people. They protect people both against infection and especially against the serious consequences of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends a second COVID-19 booster for people in certain groups and a first booster for children ages 5 to 11.

“At this time, a second booster dose is recommended for individuals who are at higher risk of severe consequences from COVID-19,” said Dr. Jay Montgomery, medical director for the North Atlantic Region’s Immunization Healthcare division. Vaccine Safety Hub. “We know that protection from previous doses diminishes somewhat over time and for some a second booster dose could help increase protection. TRICARE recipients are encouraged to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, which includes a booster for many people.

Who is eligible for the second reminder?

This varies depending on your age, your health condition, the first vaccine you received and the date you were first vaccinated. According to the CDC, an additional booster is available for some people who received their first booster at least four months ago.

Currently, the eligibility rules for the second booster are as follows:

  • Adults age 50 and older may receive a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster.
  • Moderately or severely immunocompromised children ages 12 to 17 may receive a Pfizer-BioNTech booster.
  • Individuals 18 years of age and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may receive a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster.
  • Individuals 18 years of age and older who have received Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine (one primary dose and one booster) may receive a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster.

What about children 5 years and older?

The CDC now recommends that children ages 5 to 11 receive a booster shot five months after their first round of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations.

Why should you get the recall?

If you haven’t received your first booster dose yet, you should get it. Data continues to show that you are better protected against serious illnesses related to COVID-19 when you stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. During the Omicron push, the CDC reported that those who received the first booster were 21 times less likely to die from COVID-19 than those who were not vaccinated. They were also 7 times less likely to be hospitalized.

A study by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division also reported that active duty members who received the booster during the winter surge of the Omicron variant were significantly less likely to contract COVID-19 or show symptoms. of the disease.

Where can you get the booster?

You can get the callback at:

Like the COVID-19 vaccine, additional booster shots are free for everyone. If you are not on active duty, you may incur a cost for an office visit when consulting with a civilian provider. You may also incur charges if you need follow-up care.

What if you test positive for COVID-19?

The government introduced a Test to Treat program in March for people who test positive for the virus. Two oral COVID-19 medications that effectively treat the symptoms of COVID-19 are now available. To obtain these drugs, you can go through:

  • Your doctor
  • Military pharmacies
  • Retail pharmacies
  • Some health clinics

Oral antiviral drugs are Paxlovid and molnupiravir. They have been shown to be very effective in preventing serious illnesses and hospitalizations. They are an important new way to combat the effects of COVID-19. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and test positive, don’t wait to get treatment. You must take the medications within five days of your first symptoms of COVID-19. To find a Test to Treat location near you, see the location page.

Keep up to date with the latest COVID-19 vaccine information and reminders from the CDC and TRICARE. Be sure to talk to your health care provider about your vaccine questions. Your provider can help you review all of your options and help you choose your COVID-19 booster.

At the time of publication, this information is current. Visit Where TRICARE COVID Tips for the most up-to-date COVID-19 information.

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