CHI Health docs discuss COVID vaccine boosters, approval for younger children and new antiviral treatment

Posted at 2:32 PM, Oct 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-06 18:15:13-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - Doctors with CHI Health spoke about the need for COVID-19 boosters on Wednesday, saying while the vaccine is safe the schedule is a work in progress.

Infectious disease Dr. David Quimby says while large trials established the safety of the vaccine, it takes longer to understand the best way to schedule doses.

"So, is this just a completion of the primary series, like a hepatitis vaccine where you get a shot, then you get a shot in a month, then you get a shot in six months? We didn't have the data to know the optimal schedule. That doesn't mean it's not safe, it just means you might be completing the original vaccine series and then it won't fall off," Quimby said.

CHI doctors also say if you're in an eligible group for the booster, you can get the shot after a breakthrough case.

They say if it's a mild infection, you want to wait at least ten days before getting the shot. For a severe infection, you'll want to wait at least 21 days.

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