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  • #1098611 Reply
    Vathena
    Guest

    OMG FDA, let’s gooooooooo
    For the past few weeks I’ve kept Oct. 30 in my mind as the day my kid gets her first dose. That’s 4 weeks from tomorrow! Fingers crossed!! I am ON EDGE.
    I’m not eligible for a booster, technically, but as a Pfizer recipient I’m strongly considering saying I have asthma or something and just getting it. I know the doses are available, and it kinda seems like I’ll need one sooner or later anyway…

    #1098613 Reply
    Fyodor
    Guest

    Something like 70 percent of adults have a BMI over 25 which is the threshold in the CDC criteria.
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html

    #1098617 Reply
    Kate
    Keymaster

    I don’t think they ask any questions when you go to get a shot. If you want a booster, you can just go get one. And if you had an 11-y/O who is big for their age, same thing.

    #1098618 Reply
    Kate
    Keymaster

    That’s hilarious about the 25 BMI. At my height, with the weight needed to have a 25 BMI, I’d be a size 6.

    #1098620 Reply
    ktfran
    Participant

    1. The husband has been reading everything he can on boosters and I’m not sure if healthy people actually need them. More people need to get the vaccine over boosters.

    2. From the data, JJ doesn’t seem as bad as everyone thought. The whole pitting vax’s against one another was ridiculous and hurt the public in the long run.

    3. Using BMI as a health indicator is also ridiculous. Bodies are a lot more nuanced than that. Muscle weighs more than fat. Healthy, fit people will have a higher BMI.

    #1098621 Reply
    Kate
    Keymaster

    I’m not convinced on boosters either. Again, I’ll do whatever I’m told to do for public health, but I think A) what stops mutations from happening and the virus circulating is almost everyone being vaccinated, and 2) boosters don’t stop breakthrough infections, they probably just help to shore up the defenses of very vulnerable people against hospitalization.

    #1098625 Reply
    Dear Wendy
    Keymaster

    Fyodor, I read that news about the FDA meeting yesterday too and got hopeful! I will be sooo relieved if kids 5-11 can get their shots by the end of the month. I am a little concerned that the dose – 1/3 what is given to 12+ – won’t be enough for Jackson, who is turning 10 in a few days but the avg size of a 13-year-old. I hope his pediatrician can address my concerns when we talk.

    I am eligible for a booster but haven’t gotten it yet. I was convinced some higher risk folks in my life needed them and I convinced them to get theirs even before they weren’t yet technically eligible – bc as others have said, anyone can just go get one – but I’m not convinced I need it so I haven’t yet…

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    #1098626 Reply
    ktfran
    Participant

    We’re in the same boat as you both. We’d get one of it was highly recommended, but I think we’re good in the meantime. We’re both healthy adults with no immunodeficiencies.

    I am excited for vaccines to open up to kids. I know my sis will get her 5 year old one as soon as she can. The other turns 2 in March, so will have to wait. My other two nieces have theirs. One is 12 and the other 16.

    #1098627 Reply
    LisforLeslie
    Guest

    You don’t need a prescription or diagnosis for a booster. Everyone I know over 65 has gotten the booster.

    #1098628 Reply
    Vathena
    Guest

    Yeah, the only reason I’m considering the booster is to maybe reduce my chances of getting a breakthrough infection that I could then pass on to my unvaccinated kid. I’m reasonably sure that if I got covid that I’d be okay. Once she’s vaccinated I really don’t care! My husband is over 50 with Type 1 diabetes, so he’ll be getting a booster. Same with our relatives over 65 and those with conditions that warrant getting one.

    #1098638 Reply
    Fyodor
    Guest

    I’m not saying what anyone else should do, but don’t know that I agree with our public health authorities’ abrupt about face now saying that the only thing that matters is protection against severe illness. That wasn’t the policy a few months ago and it’s not reflected in any of our other decisions. We ask people who are not at high risk to get vaccinated to avoid spreading in the community. We require people at jobs to be vaccinated to reduce spread to their coworkers. I’m not sure why the same logic wouldn’t apply to boosters, which greatly reduce your chance of infection and spread. I’m sure everyone here, though vaccinated wears masks in public indoor spaces to avoid catching and spreading to others.

    Beyond that, I’ve had non-severe disease and my symptoms went on for months. I want to minimize my risk of that again. I may wait a little since I expect things to be terrible in the winter and I want my protection to be as strong as possible when that happens.

    #1098640 Reply
    Kate
    Keymaster

    I don’t know that the Israel data suggests the boosters work to prevent breakthrough infections / against Delta.

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