by Douglas Quine, PhD
I’ve seen a couple of recent articles about the proper way to describe one’s current COVID vaccination status as the number of available COVID vaccination options expands. I disagree with the recommendation that people who received the original and follow-up (Pfizer or Moderna are most common) vaccinations call themselves “fully vaccinated.”
I received my original Pfizer COVID vaccines in December 2020 and January 2021 as an employee of Veterans Affairs Healthcare.I have participated in the COVID vaccination antibody study from the beginning which has helped determine the longevity of protection by the vaccinations. As recommended, I subsequently received my Pfizer boosters in October 2021, May 2022, and the Pfizer bivalent booster (with Omicron variant) in October 2022.
Clearly the definition of “fully vaccinated” is a moving target as new guidance is released regarding boosters and as new variant vaccines are produced. I believe the most practical approach is simply to describe my status as having had 5 COVID vaccinations (2 original and 3 boosters including bivalent), making me currently up to date.
Those who are young, or who began the vaccination series late, might describe themselves as having had 3 COVID vaccinations (2 original and a bivalent booster) making them currently up to date if they were not yet eligible for the next booster.