COVID Booster Information

COVID-19 Booster

How soon will booster shots be needed and for whom?

The answers to this question will continue to evolve as more high-quality data becomes available.  But here’s what we know right now for the Pfizer-BioNTech booster.  Late last week, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommended that:

  • Those 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot at lease 6 months after being fully vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine,
  • People aged 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot at least 6 months after being fully vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine,
  • Individuals aged 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot at least 6 months after getting fully vaccinated with their Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, based on their individual benefits and risks,
  • Frontline workers who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine may receive a booster. This group includes anyone age 18 through 64 whose frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2 puts them at high risk of COVID-19.

Taken together, these CDC recommendations are in line with those issued two days earlier by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

Johnson & Johnson announced new data in support of boosters to improve and extend immune protection in those who received its single-does COVID-19 vaccine.  For people who received the Moderna mRNA vaccine, the company has already submitted its data to the DFDA for booster authorization.  A decision is expected soon.