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Photo: Prostock-studio (Shutterstock) The FDA and CDC have now authorized booster doses for all three of the COVID-19 vaccines : Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. The details get a little bit complicated, so let’s break down who should get a booster, who can get a booster, and whether you should get a different brand than the one you got in the first place. (The recommendations also allow people to get any brand of booster, so you don’t have to stick with the same kind you got originally.) A caveat, as always: if you have a physician or other medical provider who you can have a conversation with, they are your best source of information on what you, personally, should do. If you got Johnson & Johnson, definitely get a booster It’s now pretty clear that the J&J vaccine doesn’t provide as much protection as the two mRNA vaccines. It’s still a good vaccine, and still provides a lot of protection, especially against severe disease and death. But it could be better. A second J&J shot does a lot to improve your protection from COVID. (Many experts have asked whether perhaps the J&J should have been a two-dose vaccine from the beginning.) The recommendation is to get your booster at least two months after your initial shot . This is a shorter timeframe than for the other vaccines’ boosters. So if you got your J&J shot two months ago or more, it’s time. Another important point: Everybody who got […]