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Now that the FDA has approved booster shots for certain individuals who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines, you may have some questions.

  • Who should get an additional dose?
  • When should you get it?
  • Which shot should you take?

Take note that while the FDA has authorized the boosters, they will only be available at pharmacies and other vaccination sites after the CDC has released final clinical guidance.

The table below may help you better understand eligibility. 

 

Pfizer/BioNTech

Moderna

Johnson & Johnson/Janssen

Who should get the primary does(es) of the vaccine?

All individuals 12 years and older without a medical contraindication

All individuals 18 years and older without a medical contraindication

All individuals 18 years and older without a medical contraindication

How many shots are needed for primary vaccination?

Two shots at least 21 days apart

Two shots at least 28 days apart

One shot

3rd dose for immunocompromised individuals

Third shot recommended at least 4 weeks after second dose

Third shot recommended at least 4 weeks after second dose

No recommendation for 3rd dose yet

Booster dose for non-immunocompromised patients

A booster is recommended for individuals who are:

The FDA has authorized boosters. Boosters will be available as soon as the CDC has made its final recommendations.

The FDA has authorized boosters. Boosters will be available as soon as the CDC has made its final recommendations.

Which booster should I take?

  • The FDA has authorized individuals to receive the booster made by any of the manufacturers regardless of primary vaccine type.
  • The CDC will release further clinical guidance shortly.
  • If you are unsure, discuss the options with your Summit Health provider.
  • We recommend that non-immunocompromised patients await final clinical recommendations from the CDC before receiving the Moderna or J&J boosters.
  • This is particularly important for those who received two doses of Moderna, as the booster dose will be lower than the dose in the primary vaccine series.
  • Summit Health is not offering the COVID-19 booster to our patients due to wide  availability of the vaccine at many pharmacies and vaccination sites: