The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends a COVID-19 booster for anyone 18 or older. After receiving approval from the FDA, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) expanded upon their previous recommendation and has approved and recommends a third “booster” dose for anyone age 18 or older who received a Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
Those who received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine series should receive the booster at least 6 months after their second shot. For those who received a J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, it is recommended that everyone should receive a booster dose at least two months after their initial shot.
Any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States can be used for the booster dose, individuals may choose which COVID-19 vaccine they receive as a booster shot. Some people may prefer the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. The CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.
The Sacramento County Department of Public Health encourages all eligible individuals to get their booster dose as we head into the winter months and holiday season. We are ordering more vaccine in anticipation of increased demand and remind everyone they can get a dose at sites across the county – in hospitals, physicians’ offices, local pharmacies, pop-up clinics, and more.