By Gregory T. Williams
Chief of Infectious Disease
We’ve all heard a lot about the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus recently. This variant is likely more transmissible than other COVID-19 strains and has the potential to spread rapidly around the world. So, if you are eligible for a booster, schedule it today.
Per the FDA, everyone 18 years of age or older who received their second dose of the Pfizer–BioNTech or Modera vaccine at least six months ago is now eligible for a booster shot. In addition, 16 and 17-year-olds are now also eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech booster. If it has been two months since you received the one-shot J&J/Janssen vaccine, you are eligible for a booster, too. You can learn more about booster shots, including mixing and matching different vaccines, at this CDC web page.
Receiving a COVID-19 booster shot is thought to reduce your chance of getting COVID-19 (including the Omicron variant) and, most importantly, help protect you from the risk of severe illness and hospitalization. Since your immunity wanes over time from both natural infection as well as vaccination, getting a booster dose could be crucial for your health. You can schedule an appointment for a free COVID-19 booster at CVS, Walgreens, Walmart as well as other locations. Visit vaxfinder.mass.gov for a location near you. Reliant is not offering COVID vaccines at this time.
About Gregory T. Williams, MD, Chief of Infectious Disease
Ever since he was a child, Dr. Greg T. Williams knew he wanted to be a doctor. “It was just one of those things, I always knew I wanted to be in medicine. I think it was a combination of enjoying science and wanting to help others that led me to decide to become a doctor,” he explains.
Dr. Williams works in the Division of Infectious Disease at Reliant Medical Group, helping to diagnose and treat a wide range of viral, bacterial,...View profile View posts by this doctor