Lately, little is known about the Ivermectin drug being considered a potential prevention and treatment drug for Covid-19 infection. This is particularly because it was not developed until the 1980s when research into antimicrobial drugs had already taken off. 

There isn’t much information available about how Ivermectin works in general or against Covid-19 specifically. We know that patients who suffer from severe infections are often treated with intravenous doses of this drug.

Also, the World Health Organization (WHO) advises that Ivermectin can only be used in treating COVID-19 within a clinical trial. This way, any adverse side effects can easily be curbed and managed.

At Utah Family Pharmacy, we’ve always worked hard to ensure all members of the Utah community are safe from the threat of COVID-19. 

That’s why, besides the Pfizer booster shot and the 3rd Moderna dose, we’re considering exploring the available possibilities with Ivermectin. To start things off, we’re already set to begin filling prescriptions for Ivermectin. 

This will help make things easier for COVID-19 patients in Utah after FDA approves the drug as an effective treatment option against Covid.

We will go through everything you need to know about Ivermectin, Pfizer, and the 3rd Moderna dose available here at Utah Family Pharmacy.

Understanding Ivermectin: What is it and how it Works

Ivermectin is our primary focus right now as research continues on its effectiveness against the Covid-19 virus. The drug is used to treat infections caused by certain onchocerciasis, Strongyloides, and neuro-muscular worms in humans. Ivermectin has a wide range of activities against a variety of parasites.

It is available as an oral medication that can be given either directly or mixed with food.

The Ivermectin dose for humans measures in micrograms. For example, the adult dosage is 200 ug/kg of weight, and children’s dosages are measured according to height with a conversion table. 

Ivermectin is a broad-spectrum anti-parasitic medication that has been used for years to treat infections caused by parasites in both humans and animals. But the recent concerns as to whether it can help in the treatment and prevention of Covid-19 have put it in the limelight.

How Ivermectin Works

Ivermectin is part of a class of medications called anthelmintics, which paralyzes and kills certain parasitic worms in the body. 

As an Ivermectin pill works its way through your system, it starts to affect any parasitic infections. 

Your body’s natural reaction is to expel the dead parasites, which can cause symptoms such as nausea and loose bowel movements. 

If you’ve recently had surgery or eaten a substantial meal before taking Ivermectin, it may take longer than average for your medication to work; this will delay any side effects from occurring.

How it can help reduce the effects of COVID-19

Recent studies have revealed that Ivermectin can help inhibit the spread of viruses, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus

It’s important to know that Ivermectin can’t cure severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), but it is a reliable option for easing the symptoms of this virus. 

Once introduced to the blood system, it downregulates the host’s importin alpha/beta-1 nuclear transport proteins. These proteins are involved in a critical intracellular transportation mechanism that viruses use to enhance infection by suppressing the host’s antiviral response.

With the nuclear transport, proteins suppressed the threat of the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreading in the human cells is significantly inhibited. What’s more, the spike protein of the (SARS-CoV-2) may be prevented from binding to the human cell membrane by Ivermectin docking. This further indicates the potential treating abilities of Ivermectin.

More findings indicate that Ivermectin is a host-directed drug, which may explain its wide-range activity in vitro against the dengue, Zika, HIV, and yellow fever viruses. While these in-vitro activities could be something to be happy about, clinical trials are yet to announce any benefits Ivermectin has on patients with these viruses.

The SARS-Cov-2 virus is mainly known to cause hyperinflammatory effects in the body, a significant cause of severity and death in infected patients. Some studies also suggest that Ivermectin has some anti-inflammatory properties that can benefit the body of those affected with COVID-19. 

Why Ivermectin isn’t yet approved as a Treatment Drug for COVID-19

Most of the research conducted about Ivermectin indicates it has all the potential of preventing and treating COVID-19. 

However, other studies also suggest that achieving the plasma concentrations required for antiviral effectiveness determined in vitro would need to be given at dosages ten times more than those authorized for humans.

Another reason is that Ivermectin’s systemic plasma and lung tissues concentrations are much lower than the recommended minimum concentration of plasma and lung tissues against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

While these are real challenges inhibiting the effectiveness of Ivermectin against covid, the drug could still help reduce some of the symptoms of COVID-19. For instance, there are high chances patients with COVID-19 will experience a reduction of symptoms after using Ivermectin. 

Some of the COVID-19 reprieves associated with the use of Ivermectin include:

  • Reduced cases of inflammation
  • Reduced time to viral clearance
  • Lower mortality rates

Pfizer Vaccine and the 3rd Moderna Dose: Booster Shots at Utah Family Pharmacy

Ivermectin isn’t the only drug under research in relation to Covid-19 prevention and treatment. The near past has seen the emergence of several vaccines used against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J.

While Ivermectin is yet to be approved, Pfizer and Moderna are already FDA approved, and we continue to administer the vaccines at our pharmacy. 

There have been calls for those who’d received first and second doses of Pfizer and Moderna to come for booster shots. We also offer these booster shots to different groups based on the previously administered shots and other factors.

But there are still numerous questions around Moderna and Pfizer booster shots, and we’d like to answer them here.

If you’ve got your first or second shots, you might need to know more about the booster shots and how they work.

What are Covid-19 Vaccine Booster Shots?

A COVID booster shot is a booster dose of a vaccine given after the immunity gained by the initial vaccination(s) begins to wane. 

This means the covid-19 vaccine you receive is intended to remain functional for a specific period before you are required to go in for a second or third shot. 

Boosters are typically administered to help users achieve a stronger level of immunity against Covid-19 for an extended period.

Who Should Receive Pfizer Booster and 3rd Moderna Vaccine Shots?

People who received their first and second Moderna vaccines and are immunocompromised are mostly advised to obtain a third shot, mostly 28 days after the 2nd shot. Receiving the third dose will help them develop enough antibody response to keep them going for a longer time.

This recommendation given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) applies to people living with HIV with low CD4 count and those living with cancer.

An immunocompromised person is one who:

  • suffers from advanced or untreated HIV
  • has cancer and has been undergoing active cancer treatments for blood cancers or tumors
  • is taking medicine to suppress their immune system after receiving an organ transplant
  • is receiving active treatment with drugs that may suppress their immune response 
  • has been given a transplant of stem cell within the past two years

Such groups should receive their 3rd dose at least four weeks after the second dose of Moderna vaccines.

There’s still no clear vaccine booster recommendation for people who received the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine. However, those who received Pfizer or Moderna can get boosters or third shots, especially for immunocompromised patients.

People with compromised immune systems for one reason or the other are less likely to exhibit high antibody levels even after receiving the 1st and 2nd shots of Moderna vaccines.

That’s why a third shot is crucial for a boost to their immunity. But this might still not be enough to boost some immunocompromised people’s immunity, so they might keep hoping for more oncoming shots in the future.

Covid-19 Booster Shots

One general question people ask when coming for booster shots is how the booster shots work in people with normal immunity. Is it necessary to have a booster shot when you have adequate immunity?

Most people fail to understand they can have normal/adequate immunity that can ‘wan’ or fade over time. This is why it’s crucial for people with normal immunity to take a third shot for improved immunity against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Also, since the SARS-CoV-2 virus keeps mutating, it is only best if everyone keeps boosting their immunity against the latest variant after mutation. In fact, with the entrance of the Delta variant, more people are encouraged to go for the third dose.

At Utah Family Pharmacy, we offer Covid-19 booster shots to Pfizer or Moderna vaccine recipients who already completed their previous shots six or more months ago. These persons should be:

  • 18 years or older working or living in a high-risk setting
  • 18 years or older living in long-term care centers
  • 18 years or older and are actively seeking treatment for their underlying medical conditions
  • more than 65 years old

The process of administering a vaccine booster is easy and should take up to 15 minutes in normal cases. Our team is always in wait and equipped to screen every patient and administer the shots to qualified persons within the shortest time.

The Difference between a Covid-19 Third Shot and a Booster Vaccine

Many people confuse a Covid-19 third shot vaccine and a booster vaccine. The two are different, but both effectively administer the necessary doses of vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19.

Doctors will more often describe the differences between a third covid-19 vaccine and a booster shot to their patients. 

A third dose is a term used to refer to the additional shot administered to people who have compromised immune systems. A third dose is a great way to help immunocompromised people achieve the desired levels of antibodies that can fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

A patient can only receive a third dose of the same vaccine series as their first two shots. Meaning, you cannot take the first two shots of Pfizer and now come for a third Moderna shot. 

That said, a booster shot is the vaccine shot a patient receives six months after the second dose. It is mainly administered to people with normal/adequate immunity but experiences a decline of immunity against Covid-19 over time. This decline in immunity is often referred to as waning and is prevalent in people aged 18 years and above.

A booster shot is also highly recommended because of the mutating nature of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. For instance, getting a Pfizer booster shot can improve a patient’s chances of recovery against the symptoms of the Delta variant.

If you’re older or suffer from a chronic disease, you’re more likely to experience waning immunity and thus be eligible for a booster vaccine shot.

The third shot for immunocompromised individuals is not a choice they can decide not to take because studies have shown the first two doses are never enough to boost their immunity.

Where can you find Reliable Covid-19 Vaccines and Booster Shots?

The best place to find reliable vaccine shots and booster doses are at your local Utah Family Pharmacy. We’ve seen the impact of this virus on our patients firsthand, so we’re keenly aware that this is the best time to help you prepare for any future outbreaks

We provide Covid-19 vaccines free of charge. Besides, we’re also going to be filling prescriptions of Ivermectin, and we’re issuing the 3rd Moderna shots and Pfizer booster vaccines for all qualified persons.

We also have an educative team that will administer the vaccines and reminds you of practical methods to protect yourself and everyone else around you.

Getting a 3rd shot or a booster vaccine is crucial for every qualified person. You should never hesitate to stop by if you reside in Utah and its environs. Call us today for more information.