The Centers for Disease Control has recently released additional information regarding booster shots, outlining guidance for who should get a third vaccine dose and who can receive a booster. If you are confused, you’re not alone. Here are some helpful FAQs to clear up the confusion around third doses and boosters.
Who can get a booster shot?
The only booster currently available is Pfizer. The CDC recommends
individuals receive a booster if it has been at least 6 months since their second Pfizer dose AND they…..
- Are 65 years or older
- Are 18 to 64 and considered to work in high-risk environments (which include nursing homes, hospitals or healthcare settings, or school settings)
- Are 18 to 64 and have certain underlying medical conditions
Can I get a Third Dose?
Let’s start with the difference between a booster and a third vaccine dose. Individuals who are severely immunocompromised may not achieve full immunity from the two-dose regimen. Third doses are available for persons who are moderate to severely immunocompromised. They are only available for those who receive Moderna or Pfizer vaccines and can be given at least 28 days after the second dose.
Can I get a booster if I received the Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccine?
Boosters for those who received the Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccine are not yet approved by the CDC. Additional information and guidance is expected in the near future.
Where can I get a booster or third dose?
Individuals who are immunocompromised and would like to get a third dose should contact their primary care provider. Healthcare providers, pharmacies and community clinics are currently administering Pfizer boosters for those who are eligible.
For questions or to find out more about vaccination clinics, contact the Sacramento County Immunization Assistance Program at 916-875-7468 or visit www.sacvax.com