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COVID-19 Booster Recommendations

COVID-19 Booster Recommendations

COVID-19 boosters help protect our communities against the virus. The CDC recently announced its recommendation that everyone ages 16 and older should get a booster when possible.

Read below for a reminder of booster recommendations for your patients.

Those who received Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna should:
Get a booster at least 6 months after completing the primary COVID-19 vaccination series. 16 and 17-year-olds are only approved for Pfizer boosters. For everyone 18+, a “mix and match” approach to booster shots has been approved, so either Pfizer or Moderna boosters are recommended.

Those who received Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen should:
Get a booster at least 2 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination. Pfizer or Moderna boosters are recommended.

For those who received a COVID-19 vaccine outside the United States:
• People who were vaccinated outside the United States with a single dose or 2-dose primary series of a currently FDA-approved or FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine are considered fully vaccinated and should receive a booster.
• People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised and were vaccinated with a 2-dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccine primary series should receive an additional primary dose before receiving a booster.
• If they received the first dose of a 2-dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series, they do not need to restart the vaccine series in the United States. They should receive the second dose as close to the recommended time as possible and are considered fully vaccinated upon completion of the 2-dose primary series.
• If they received a COVID-19 vaccine not approved or authorized by the FDA, they should be offered primary vaccination with an FDA-approved or authorized vaccine before receiving a booster.

View more information about COVID vaccinations outside the country.

If you have any additional questions, view the full CDC booster guidelines or email vaccines@phila.gov.