Eligibility for COVID-19 Boosters Expanded to All Adults

posted on Monday, November 29, 2021 in COVID-19

All adults ages 18 years and older who received a primary mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series, Pfizer or Moderna, or those who received the one dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, are eligible to receive booster doses to help protect them against COVID-19.

Locally, Clay County Public Health offers free COVID-19 vaccination clinics each Thursday afternoon. On Thursday, Dec. 2, public health is offering extended hours for the weekly clinic, with appointments available from noon-5 PM. Appointment can be made online by following this link: Clay County Public Health COVID-19 Vaccination Schedule or by calling the public health office at (712) 264-6380. Also, COVID-19 vaccination opportunities are available at area family medicine clinics and local pharmacies. For a current listing of opportunities and types of vaccine available at each location, please check www.vaccines.gov.

Earlier this month, the Advisory Community on Immunization Practices (ACIP) updated recommendations for the groups who should receive a booster dose of vaccine along with those who may receive a booster dose. Currently, anyone ages 18 and older can get a booster shot. Guidelines are as follows:

If you received Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine two-dose series:

You should get a booster shot if you are age 50 or older, or you are age 18 or older and live in a long-term care setting. You may get a booster if you are 18 years of age or older. Your booster shot should be at least six months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series. You can choose your type of vaccine and do not need to get the same vaccine as you did for the two-dose series.

If you received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine:

You should get a booster if you are 18 years old or older. Your booster dose needs to be at least two months after your initial shot. You can get any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States for your booster dose.