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How to Schedule Your COVID Booster Intake in the Chicago Area Walgreens, Jewel-Osco, Walgreens – NBC Chicago

With family reunions and winter vacation trips on the horizon – and a heavily mutated new variant of COVID emerging in South Africa, more and more questions are cropping up as to how and where to get your COVID vaccine or your COVID booster.

The city of Chicago says there are plenty of vendors to provide COVID booster vaccinations for adults, and planning your COVID booster is free and easy.

Schedule your COVID booster intake in Chicago pharmacies

If you received the COVID vaccine, you can get your booster vaccine here

According to the CDC, you should get your COVID booster six months after receiving your initial COVID vaccine dose of your initial Pzifer or Moderna vaccine.

For the nearly 15 million people who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, it is recommended that you receive your COVID booster two or more months after that single dose.

Does it matter which COVID vaccine booster (Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer) you get?

Federal regulators have recommended that you get the same vaccination as your first dose for booster doses, and Dr. Allison Arwady, the commissioner for the Chicago Department of Health, said this is especially true of those who have received an mRNA vaccine.

“If you have Moderna or Pfizer I would recommend sticking with the same one you got originally,” she said during a Facebook live event last week.

The booster doses of the two vaccine manufacturers are different, Arwady noted. The booster dose of Moderna will be half the original dose, while the Pfizer booster dose will be the same as the starting doses.

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The reason Moderna is half a dose is because Moderna initially had a higher dose of the mRNA as the only active part of the vaccine. So it’s a reason the side effects are a little higher sometimes and the people who have Moderna.

For those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Arwady said, “We are definitely seeing people choosing Pfizer or Moderna as a follow-up dose,” a move she “fully supports”.

What should I know about the variant of COVID found in South Africa?

South African scientists this week identified a new version of the coronavirus that they say is behind a recent surge in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province.

It’s unclear where the new variant actually came from, but it was first discovered by scientists in South Africa and has also been seen in travelers to Hong Kong and Botswana.

The variant known as B.1.1.529 appears to have a high number of mutations – around 30 – in the coronavirus spike protein that could affect how easily it spreads to people.

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical director on Covid-19, said in a livestream question and answer on Thursday that scientists “don’t know very much about it yet” and that it would take a few weeks to get a full picture of it how the variant responds to existing vaccines.

Great Britain immediately decided to ban flights from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Eswatini and Zimbabwe from Friday noon to Sunday 4 a.m. local time.

The UK health authority is investigating the variant, which health minister Sajid Javid says is “potentially worrying”. No cases have been identified in the UK yet, and Javid stressed that while the government needed more data at this early stage, it had chosen to take precautions.

“This is the most significant variant we have come across and there is urgent research to find out more about its transmissibility, severity and susceptibility to vaccines,” said Jenny Harries, Chief Executive of HSA, UK.

The variant B.1.1.529 was not discovered in the United States.

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