I received my COVID-19 vaccination, what should I know about boosters?

The CDC has updated is COVID-19 Booster vaccination approvals as of Thursday, October 21, 2021. The CDC has advised that “eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others, may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots”. More information can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/p1021-covid-booster.html

Pfizer & Moderna Booster Vaccinations:

People aged 18–64 years at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may get a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or J&J based on their individual benefits and risks. 

Adults aged 18–64 years who work or reside in certain settings (e.g., health care, schools, correctional facilities, homeless shelters) may be at increased risk of being exposed to COVID-19, which could be spreading where they work or reside. Since that risk can vary across settings and based on how much COVID-19 is spreading in a community, people aged 18–64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may get a booster shot after considering their individual risks and benefits. This recommendation may change in the future as more data become available.

Examples of workers who may get Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna booster[ 1 ] shots

  • First responders (e.g., healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
  • Education staff (e.g., teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
  • Food and agriculture workers
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Corrections workers
  • S. Postal Service workers
  • Public transit workers
  • Grocery store workers

List could be updated in the future

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Booster Shots

The CDC has also recommended those individuals who received a Johnson & Johnson vaccination shot two or more months ago receive a booster shot. The booster is recommended for anyone over the age of 18. The CDC has advised that individuals can choose their booster vaccine.

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