Studies show that protection from the COVID-19 vaccines goes down over time. To lower your risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, the CDC recommends COVID booster shots for people at high risk or third doses if you are immunocompromised. The additional shot will also help to prevent the spread of COVID and the risk of variants, like Omicron, from emerging.
Who Should Get a Booster Shot?
Right now, the CDC recommends a booster shot for anyone over the age of:
- 18 years or older, but especially for those who:
- Have an underlying medical condition, like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or HIV
- Lives in a long-term care setting, like a group home
- Works or lives in a high-risk setting, like first responders, educators, and healthcare and grocery store workers
- Have a moderately to severely compromised immune system:
- People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems are very vulnerable to COVID-19 and may not build the same level of immunity as other people do.
- The CDC recommends a third dose of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine or a second dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for people with certain medical conditions. The CDC is calling this an additional dose, not a booster, for this population.
- The CDC recently said that moderately or severely immunocompromised people should also get a booster shot after receiving the second dose. Talk to your doctor about getting a booster shot if you are immunocompromised.
Although children under the age of 18 cannot receive the booster, the FDA has recently approved the COVID-19 Vaccine for those above the age of 5.
When Should I Get a Booster or Third Dose?
The type of vaccine you get determines when you should get a booster:
- If you got a PPfizer-BioNTech or Moderna mRNA COVID-19 series, you should get a booster 6 or more months after your second dose.
- If you got a Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you should get a booster 2 or more months after your first dose.
What Booster Should I Get?
The CDC says that it is safe for you to get a booster or additional dose from any of the approved vaccines. That means you don’t have to get the same brand of vaccine you got before.
Where Can I Get a Booster?
You can get your booster anywhere it’s offered. That includes your doctor’s office, health department, clinic, drug store, or other community location.
Is the Booster Shot Free?
Yes. You do not pay anything for the booster or third dose of the vaccine or its administration. If you have health insurance, the site may bill your insurance company for administering the vaccine, but they can’t charge you.
Protect yourself and those you love. Get a booster or third shot today.