CDC Releases Updated Guidance for COVID Boosters

On October 22, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new recommendations for expanding the booster COVID vaccine. The new guidance includes the ability to mix and match with a booster vaccine that is different from the primary series received. 

The booster recommendations for all three available COVID vaccines are as follows:

Pfizer Recipients

The following groups are eligible for a booster shot at six months or more after the initial series:

  • 65 years and older
  • Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
  • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
  • Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings

Moderna Recipients

The following groups are eligible for a booster shot at six months or more after the initial series:

  • 65 years and older
  • Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
  • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
  • Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings

Johnson & Johnson Recipients

Everyone 18 and over is eligible for a booster shot two months or more after the initial vaccine.

All recipients of any vaccine may choose which vaccine to receive as a booster dose. Some people may prefer the vaccine type originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster. The CDC offers no guidance on selecting between vaccines at this time.

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