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CDC Expands Booster Shot Eligibility

CDC Expands Booster Shot Eligibility

The CDC has adjusted their recommendation for when people can receive a booster shot, shortening the interval from 6 months to 5 months.

Earlier this week CDC made this recommendation for recipients of a Pfizer-BioNTech primary series. Now this recommendation has been extended to recipients of a Moderna primary series. This means that people 12 and older who initially received an mRNA vaccine series – two doses of Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech – can now receive an mRNA booster shot 5 months after completing their initial series.

Recently the CDC also strengthened COVID-19 vaccination recommendations for children, now recommending that:

  • Moderately to severely immunocompromised children ages 5–11 years receive an additional primary dose of Pfizer-BioNTech to ensure optimal protection from the vaccine.
  • Children and teens ages 12–17 years should receive a booster shot.

For any questions, email vaccines@phila.gov.