Updated: October 1, 2021
With the recent approval of COVID Vaccine Booster Doses, there appears to be a lot of confusion around who is eligible for – and who is recommended to receive – a Booster Dose. The following is a summary of recent updates regarding Additional and Booster Doses:
- Anyone at or above the approved vaccine age that is considered immunocompromised (weakened immune system) is permitted to receive an Additional Dose (this is not considered a “Booster Dose”) of an mRNA COVID Vaccine, at least 28 days after their 2nd dose.
- Important: It is recommended to receive the same manufacturer of vaccine from the 1st two doses. However, if someone is not able to obtain the same manufacturer, it is acceptable to receive a different mRNA vaccine (only Pfizer is permitted less than 18 years of age)
As of today, Booster Doses only apply to recipients of the Pfizer vaccine for their 1st series of two doses.
- The following individuals are recommended to receive a Booster Dose, at least 6 months after completing the 2-dose series of the Pfizer vaccine:
- Adults aged 65 and older and residents of long-term care facilities
- Adults aged 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions that may increase their risk from a COVID infection
- The following individuals are permitted to receive a Booster Dose, at least 6 months after completing the 2-dose series of the Pfizer vaccine:
- Adults aged 18-49 with underlying medical conditions that may increase their risk from a COVID infection, if that person feels they need one based on a consideration of their individual benefit and risks
- Adults aged 18-64 years who may be at increased from COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting
These recommendations will most certainly be updated as the FDA continues to review the most current data provided by vaccine manufacturers. We will update this information accordingly.
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