Eligibility Expanded for Booster Doses

Updated: 5 days ago

By Sarah Allen-Sutter and Julie Langston

Source of information: CDC



The CDC has expanded eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots to include those who have received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson for their initial doses, along with those who have received Pfizer. In the article below, we will discuss what a booster dose is, who is currently eligible, whether you can mix and match vaccines, and where to receive a booster dose in Yolo County.


WHAT IS A BOOSTER DOSE?

A booster dose is a dose of vaccine that is needed when a person's level of immunity has decreased over time. Booster doses are very common and are a normal part of most vaccine series.

In the case of COVID-19 boosters, the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) booster doses will be the same dosage as the original vaccine received in the series, while the Moderna booster dose will be half dosage compared to the original vaccine series.


WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

For those whose first dose was Pfizer or Moderna:

You are recommended to receive a booster dose if you received your second dose at least six months ago and fit one or more of the following criteria:

  • Are age 12 or older

For those whose first dose was Johnson & Johnson:

You are recommended to receive a booster dose if you received your first dose of the J&J vaccine at least two months ago and fit one of the following criteria:

  • Are age 12 or older