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Covid boosters’ side effects similar to second dose: USCDCP

Prime News, International, Health, Disease, Vaccine, Washington (USA), September 30:- The side effects Americans experienced from the booster jab of the Covid vaccine are similar to those from a second dose, according to a study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The research provides an insight into the safety of additional vaccine shots as the US rolls out a booster regimen for older adults and workers in high-risk jobs, the Washington Post reported.

The CDC analysed data from nearly 12,600 people who received a third dose of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid vaccine. They showed that side effects — which were described as mostly mild to moderate and occurring the day after vaccination — were prevalent at similar rates to those from a second vaccine dose during the regular course.

As per the agency, nearly 3.4 million people have received a third dose of the Covid vaccine since August 13. The US, last month, rolled out third doses for immunocompromised people. Last week, it was extended for workers in high-risk jobs and people with underlying medical conditions.

The uptake of boosters is expected to be strong, with 1 million Americans already having scheduled appointments to receive their third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the report said.

Earlier in August, an Israeli survey showed that nearly 88 percent of people felt “similar” or “better” after taking Pfizer’s booster jab compared to how they felt in the days following receiving the second vaccine. The majority experienced similar or fewer side effects than their second dose, the survey showed. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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