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VACCINE Q&A: Will I need a booster if I got the J&J shot?

Updated: May. 28, 2021 at 8:51 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The NBC15 Vaccine Team is answering your questions about needing a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. You can find a full list of NBC15 Vaccine Team Q&A’s HERE.

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QUESTION:

You keep mentioning the need for possible booster shots for Pfizer & Moderna COVID vaccines. You NEVER mention anything about possible booster shots for the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine. Some of us received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and would like to know.

ANSWER:

Dr. Nasia Safdar, the Medical Director for Infection Prevention at UW Health, said no matter which brand of vaccine you got, needing a booster in the future is likely.

“It’s all in evolution at the moment. There’s no official guidance that’s come out that says you need a booster and if so for which one, but I think the likelihood when we look at other sort of respiratory viruses and the way the vaccines work is that it may be that a booster is required and if so it would be the case probably for all the vaccines,” said Dr. Safdar.

Dr. Safdar also said you probably will not have to get the same brand of the vaccine for your booster, as you did when you originally got vaccinated. Although, getting the same brand may end up being recommended, if possible.

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