The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now recommending booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine for people who are at higher risk for COVID-19. At this time, booster doses are only available to people who received the Pfizer vaccine. Anyone who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not currently eligible for a booster dose.
Those who are eligible for a booster include people who have completed their two-dose series of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago and:
- people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings,
- people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions,
- people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks, and
- people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks.
Who should get a COVID-19 vaccine booster?
Pfizer booster shots are recommended for some groups of people who received this vaccine: adults ages 65 and older, adults age 50-64 who are at high risk of severe illness, and adults whose jobs put them at higher risk for COVID-19. Younger adults ages 18 to 49 are also recommended to consider a booster based on an assessment of their individual benefits and risks and in consultation with their medical provider. Read more.
I want to get a booster dose, but I’m not eligible yet. Why not?
The Pfizer vaccine was the first COVID-19 vaccine to be authorized in the United States, and its data about booster doses were the first to be available. Guidance and recommendations about boosters for the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines and whether it’s advisable to mix and match vaccines and boosters are still forthcoming. Read more.
…But can I anyway?
The COVID-19 vaccines have received the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history, and that monitoring has allowed public health officials to make science-based recommendations that keep people safe. There is limited data about the safety and effectiveness of mixing COVID-19 vaccines, and data is still under review concerning booster doses for the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. People are advised against seeking “off-label” uses of the vaccines. Read more.
About additional doses
Additional doses continue to be available for people who have completed the two-dose series of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine and are who are immunocompromised. An additional dose can be administered at least 28 days after second doses have been received. More information is available at https://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/additional-vaccine-information/#additional-doses.
The COVID-19 vaccines continue to highly effective, even against the variants. The science is clear that people who are fully vaccinated have significant protection from COVID-19 infection and serious illness. The Health District continues to encourage everyone to get vaccinated.