DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – For those who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the company announced Wednesday, August 25, their research shows a second dose, eight months after the initial shot, will increase immunity.
âI think we all anticipated this, even last year, because we knew that we werenât going to be able to completely bend the curve here in the US and globally by September of this year,â said Dr. Mohanakrishnan Sathyamoorthy, Professor and Chair of Internal Medicine at TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine.READ MORE: Big Cowboys Win Means Massive Shopping Spree For Some
Their trial data shows those who received a booster shot saw a nine-fold increase in antibody levels.
The jump was seen in people ages 18 to 55 and those 65 and older who received a lesser dose.
Experts say it proves what weâve always known about boosters.
âBoosting is the norm. Over time our bodyâs immunity declines, so boosting is a common practice,â said Dr. Mezgebe Berhe, an infectious doctor at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.READ MORE: Fall Allergy Season Has Arrived In North Texas
Since the vaccine came out in February, those who received the initial dose are likely hitting the six-month mark soon.
Kaufman resident Traci Anderson received the J&J vaccine, but said she wonât be getting her booster after receiving J&Jâs first shot with a reaction.
âSome people I have talked to are a little hesitant. I do have some family members I have talked to who say they donât want to do it again,â said Anderson.
But medical professionals say when making the choice whether or not to boost, itâs important to understand the difference between having a reaction and a side effect.MORE NEWS: Dallas Police Officers Looking For Animal Cruelty Suspect Who Abandoned Puppy
âWhatâs an adverse reaction versus whatâs typical and expected? Part of this is coaching anyone through this process. So developing a fever, achiness, or feeling like you have the flu after an immunization, specifically this vaccine, is not clinically considered an adverse reaction, itâs an anticipated outcome,â said Dr. Sathyamoorthy.