CDC Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots
- 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.
- 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 2 vaccines:
- 65 years and older
- Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
- Age 18+ who have Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
- Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
- There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. 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.
- Available data right now show that all three of the COVID-19 vaccines approved or authorized in the United States continue to be highly effective in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant.
- Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself and reduce the spread of the virus and help prevent new variants from emerging.