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

Updated 5.19.22

The FDA recently modified the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to allow for the administration of a booster or additional primary dose (aka a third dose) of either an mRNA (Moderna or Pfizer) vaccine 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): 1st Booster

Ages 18 and older

2 months after your initial vaccine.

Booster

Johnson & Johnson/Janssen(single dose): 2nd Booster

Anyone who received a J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for both their primary dose and booster.

Adults 50 years and older who first received a J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of what type of booster they received

4 months or more after your first booster

mRNA booster only

Pfizer BioNTech: 1st Booster

Ages 5 and older

5 months after your initial series.

Booster

Pfizer BioNTech: 2nd Booster

Ages 50 and older

Ages 12 and older AND moderately or severely immunocompromised

4 months or more after your first booster

mRNA booster only

Moderna: 1st Booster

Ages 18 and older

5 months after your initial series

Booster

Moderna: 2nd Booster

Ages 50 and older

Ages 12 and older AND moderately or severely immunocompromised

 

4 months or more after your first booster

mRNA booster only

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 first booster shot can be any of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines. Currently, the second booster shot must be an mRNA booster, even if your initial booster was Johnson & Johnson/Jansen.

Kids ages 5-17 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?