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What to know about coronavirus booster shots

According to news reports, an announcement is imminent

According to news reports, an announcement is imminent from the Biden administration recommending that all people get a booster shot against the coronavirus eight months after their second dose. Credit: AP/Robert F. Bukaty

The coronavirus vaccine significantly cuts the chance of infection and hospitalization — and greatly reduces the chance of death. But the spread of the virus' delta variant is leading the U.S. government to consider recommending that an additional shot, called a booster, be given to shore up protection conferred by the vaccine. Here are some questions and answers.

What is a booster?

Should everyone get a booster shot for coronavirus — and if so, when?

Why is a booster shot being considered?

Would booster recommendations be for all three types of vaccines — Pfizer-BioNTech’s, Moderna’s and Johnson & Johnson’s?

Should I get a booster now?

Who would get boosters first?

How does protection conferred by boosters compare with immunity that came from viral infection from COVID-19?

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