I’ve been vaccinated – Should I get a booster shot?

Updated 1.10.2022

The FDA recently modified the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to allow for the administration of a booster or additional primary dose of an mRNA (Moderna or Pfizer) or the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine following your initial vaccine/vaccine series.

According to the CDC, the recommendation for an additional primary dose or booster shot includes the following:

 

Your Initial Vaccine Brand

Who

When to Get Your Booster/Third Dose

Type of Vaccine

Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (single dose)

Ages 18 and older

2 months after your initial vaccine.

Booster

Moderna

Ages 18 and older

5 months after your initial series.

Booster

Pfizer BioNTech

Ages 12 and older

5 months after after your initial series

Booster

Moderna

Age 18+  and moderately to severely immunocompromised

28 days after your initial series

Additional Primary Dose. You’re also eligible for a booster shot after your additional dose. Talk to your primary care provider for more details.

Pfizer BioNTech

Age 5+  AND moderately to severely immunocompromised

28 days after your initial series

Additional Primary Dose. If you're 16 or older, you’re also eligible for a booster shot after your additional dose. Talk to your primary care provider for more details.


Can I get a different brand vaccine for my booster shot?

If you’re 18 years or older, your booster shot can be any of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines. Kids ages 12-17 are eligible solely for the Pfizer BioNTech booster at this time.


What if I currently have – or have had – COVID-19?

If you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, get tested for COVID-19 before getting a booster. If you test positive for COVID-19, the CDC advises postponing your booster shot until your symptoms have fully cleared.

Once your symptoms have fully resolved, you can schedule your booster shot if you meet the eligible requirements above.

Find a COVID-19 Booster Shot Near Me

Questions about the COVID-19 booster shot?

Talk to your primary care doctor or talk to a live registered Munson Healthcare nurse at 231-935-0951. This free service is available daily (no insurance required) from 7 am to 11 pm. 

Learn more about the COVID-19 booster shot in our recent blog post: Should You Get a COVID-19 Booster?