Covid 19 Vaccine booster shots are now available to help people boost their protection from initial vaccination.
If you got Pfizer or Moderrna at least six months ago, you are eligible for the booster shot if:
- Age 65 and older
- Age 18 to 64 and live in a long term care facility, such as a nursing hom
- Age 18 to 64 and have an underlying condition that increases your risk of severe Covid 18
- Age 18 to 64 and at an increased risk of exposure to Covid 19 at work, such as health care workers, or other institutional setting such as homeless shelters.
You can choose to receive any of the three types of vaccine authorized in the U.S. (Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson)
If you received the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine, you can get the booster if:
- Age 18 or older and took the single dose at least two months ago
- You can choose any of the three types of vaccine authorized in the U.S.
Why is a booster shot being recommended?
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are still very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death due to COVID-19. However, some studies show that protection against infection may start to decrease after about six months.
A booster shot may provide extra protection to people who are at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure or severe COVID-19 illness, especially with the presence of the delta variant.
Which medical conditions increase the risk of severe COVID-19 illness?
Medical conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 include diabetes, heart conditions, chronic kidney disease, chronic lung disease, liver disease, cancer, dementia, HIV and pregnancy. Visit cdc.gov and search for medical conditions for a complete list.
Who is at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 in their workplace or another setting?
Jobs that may increase the risk of exposure to COVID-19 include health care workers, teachers, day care staff, and restaurant and grocery store workers. Other settings where there may be increased risk of exposure include homeless shelters and prisons.
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