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COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters – what you need to know

Updated 1-6-2022
The emergence of the Omicron variant underscores the importance of vaccination, boosters, and preventive efforts to protect against COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccines continue to be highly effective in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death. CDC recommendations on booster doses are based on the latest data, which show that booster doses significantly increase protection from the Omicron variant, with the goal of ensuring that people have optimal protection against COVID-19 infection, severe illness, and death.

This is the most recent guidance from the CDC on COVID-19 vaccine boosters.

Who is eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot?

People 12+ who have completed initial COVID-19 vaccination with 2 doses of Pfizer — people 18+ who have completed initial COVID-19 vaccination with 2 doses of Moderna or 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson Janssen (J&J).

When should you get it?

  • At least 5 months after completing the primary series of Pfizer vaccine
  • At least 6 months after completing the primary series of Moderna vaccine
  • At least 2 months after completing the primary series J&J vaccine

Which booster you should get?

  • Adults 18+ can get a booster dose of any COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna recommended for strongest immune response)
  • Children 12-17 are only eligible for a Pfizer booster at this time

What’s a booster shot?

For some viruses, the protection we get from a vaccine starts to wear off over time. An additional dose of the vaccine may be needed to boost your immune response and make sure you’re protected. Boosters are common for many vaccines, like Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis).

Can I get my COVID-19 booster and flu shot at the same time?

YES, it’s safe to do so and encouraged. If you’re eligible for your COVID-19 booster, you get your flu shot on the same day. If you’re not eligible for a COVID-19 booster yet, be sure to protect yourself from the flu and get your flu shot today.

Where can you get a booster?

You can get your booster anywhere COVID-19 vaccines are being offered.
Bring your vaccine card with you to the vaccine clinic/site. If you do not have your vaccine card, you can request one from your previous vaccinator or request your vaccination record through to bring with you. Upon arrival, your vaccinator may require you to complete a form self-verifying your eligibility.

How will I react to my booster?

So far, reactions reported after a booster were like that of the two-dose series: fatigue and pain at injection site were most common and most symptoms were mild to moderate.

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