Vaccine booster guidelines
Today, the CDC issued guidelines for administering booster shots for the Pfizer COVID vaccine (Pfizer booster shots should be given at least 6 months after the second Pfizer dose):
- People 65 years and older should receive a booster shot of Pfizer.
- Residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer.
- People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer.
- People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer, based on their individual benefits and risks.
- People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer, based on their individual benefits and risks.
If you qualify for a booster under these criteria, please schedule your appointment here.
Johnson & Johnson and Moderna
If you received a Johnson & Johnson or Moderna vaccine: these companies have not yet submitted a request for booster authorization to the FDA and CDC.
Booster vs. Third Dose
This booster differs from a third dose that has been approved for individuals with weakened immune systems. Those eligible for a third dose of either Moderna or Pfizer include people who are currently undergoing treatment for cancer, and organ or stem cell transplant recipients. We contacted patients who fit this criteria last month. If you fit one of these diagnoses and have not received your third dose of Pfizer or Moderna please contact us.
Pfizer is expected to request FDA authorization for its COVID vaccine for children ages 5 – 11 in the coming weeks. If approved, we will contact parents to offer a vaccine for eligible children.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this rapidly-changing situation. As always, please continue to wear a mask, wash your hands regularly, and if you have yet to be vaccinated, please make an appointment today.
Please stay safe and well.
Dan Loiselle, MD, Chief Medical Officer, and the entire InterMed Care Team