Lexington doctor recommends receiving COVID-19 booster

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) –

In a few days, COVID-19 boosters will be widely available. Although they are optional, health experts recommend getting one if you qualify.

“Those who live in high-risk environments, those who are immunocompromised, the elderly and those in healthcare,” said Dr. Ryan Stanton, emergency physician at Lexington.

Stanton said the boosters, which are extra doses of the vaccine, could improve immunity against COVID-19.

“Because the immune system is like everything else,” Stanton explained. “If it is not used for this particular purpose, it begins to weaken.”

Federal authorities have given the green light to mix-and-match boosters. Studies show that Johnson & Johnson vaccinees may benefit from better protection if they take Moderna and Pfizer boosters. Stanton said mixing and pairing could help the booster roll out. He recommends taking whatever you can.

Some people may have concerns about the potential side effects. In rare cases, heart inflammation has been linked to Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Stanton, however, said the benefits of getting the vaccine outweigh the risks.

“What we do know is that the risk is much lower than the virus itself,” Stanton said.

For more information on recall eligibility and how to register, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

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