What we know about COVID-19 booster shots
As of September 24, 2021 from CDC.GOV
Information related to booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine is changing rapidly. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) released a statement September 24, 2021 recommending a booster shot for the Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer) for the elderly, those in long-term care facilities, people with underlying medical conditions, and for adults with high risk of disease from occupational and institutional exposures to COVID-19. Below are the CDC recommendations as of September 24, 2021.
Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine CDC recommendations:
- people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer at least six (6) months after their Pfizer primary series,
- people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer at least six (6) months after their Pfizer primary series,
- people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer at least six (6) months after their Pfizer primary series, 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 of Pfizer at least six (6) months after their Pfizer primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.
Moderna and J&J COVID-19 booster information:
The ACIP will be making recommendations for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines when data becomes available. Given both are still under an Emergency Use Authorization, it may require several weeks before a booster recommendation for the general public is announced from the ACIP.
Individuals who are immunocompromised and 18 years of age or older are currently eligible for a third Moderna dose.
For specific questions related to your eligibility and recommendations for boosters, please speak with your primary care doctor. More information and FAQs related to booster shots is available on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html.
To find a vaccine location, please visit: https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/.
Island Hospital currently provides Moderna vaccines in scheduled patient appointments only.
Published on September 27, 2021