The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended booster shots of the Moderna and Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines for all adults in the United States, but can you get one?
Under the new rules, anyone 18 and older can choose either a Pfizer or Moderna booster six months after their last dose. For those who received Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine, the waiting time was just two months.
Federal health officials noted that people can still “mix-and-match” boosters from any company.
Boosters used to be recommended for people who got their second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago, when they are 65 or older, or at high risk of COVID-19 due to health problems or their work or life circumstances. A booster vaccination was also recommended for people who received Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine at least two months ago.
CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky endorsed a recommendation from her agency’s scientific advisors who – in addition to offering all adults a booster vaccination – stressed that people over 50 should be pushed to get one.
With the FDA planning to meet soon to discuss the next eligible age group, children ages 5-11, for the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, doctors at Advocate Children’s Hospital have spoken to families and parents as well listened to their questions and concerns. Lauren Petty reported from NBC 5.
For recipients of the J&J single shot vaccine, everyone is recommended to have a COVID-19 booster at least two months after vaccination. That’s because the J&J vaccine hasn’t been shown to be as protective as the two-dose options Moderna or Pfizer.
Nearly 31 million Americans have received a dose in excess of their original vaccination, including those with compromised immune systems, such as cancer patients and organ transplant recipients, who need an extra dose to be fully vaccinated.
Some cities and states had already allowed all adults to get booster shots of Pfizer’s vaccine, but this was not official US policy. Over the past week, California, New Mexico, Arkansas, West Virginia, and Colorado have expanded coverage to include all adults. New York City took a similar step.
Cook County health officials said Monday that “no one seeking a booster will be turned away from a vaccination center,” and Will County made a similar statement on Thursday saying, “We are not going to turn anyone away (over the age of 18) who would like a booster one way. “
Last week, Chicago Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady that Chicago residents over 18 will not be prevented from getting COVID-19 vaccine booster shots as health officials report “high availability”.
“If you are over the age of 18, you won’t stop yourself from getting a booster,” Arwady said on a Facebook live event. “We have enough availability here.”