Moderna and J & J COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Approved

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Friday, October 22nd, 2021

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Moderna and J & J COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Approved

(Mason City) –On October 21st, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’s (ACIP) recommendation for a  booster shot of COVID-19 vaccines in certain populations. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization and CDC’s recommendation for use are important steps forward as we work to stay ahead of the virus and keep Americans safe.

For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their 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

For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

“These booster doses are the next step to stay ahead of this virus,” says Karen Crimmings, disease prevention manager at CG Public Health. “The best part is, they are widely available from pharmacies, primary care providers, clinics, hospitals, community health centers, you name it.  There is nothing stopping you from getting one today.”

There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. The CDC’s recommendations now allow for the mix and match dosing of booster shots. While some people may prefer to get a different booster, this will be dependent on the availability of COVID-19 vaccines on hand.

COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine booster doses are available by appointment at pharmacies, clinics, your primary care provider, hospitals, health centers, and public health departments across the state. Visit www.vaccinefinder.org to find a provider and schedule your 1st, 2nd, or booster dose appointment today.

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