COVID Booster Shot Guidance from CDC
The CDC is now recommending a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccine for those who are 65 and older. The new guidance will help protect those most vulnerable from the coronavirus. The recommendation from the CDC and its advisory committee of medical experts applies to all three approved vaccines.
If you received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine
If you received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine you are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after receiving the complete first dose if you are:
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
If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
For those who received 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.
Where to Get your Booster
Scheduling a booster shot is significantly easier than it was to schedule your initial shots in the Spring. Healthcare providers including GWU Medical Faculty Associates, Medstar Health, Kaiser Permanente and more offer booster shots as well. The following are a series of links to book your booster shot if you are immune-compromised or received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and meet the requirements:
You can also still receive help by phone by calling the DC vaccination help line at 1-855-363-0333. They will arrange for someone to come to your home to provide a booster shot.
Choosing Your COVID-19 Booster Shot
You may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.