On October 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced recommendations for booster shots for certain people who previously received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccines.
Virginians will be able to receive boosters for Moderna and J&J beginning immediately. This is in addition to the already approved guidance for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine booster shots.
Pfizer-BioNTech & Moderna Vaccine Booster
For individuals who received either a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, a single booster is recommended at least six months after completion of their initial series for those populations:
- Who are 65 years of age and older
- Those living in long-term care facilities
- Those 18 years of age and up who are at increased risk due to underlying medical conditions
- Those 18 years of age and up who are at increased risk due to where they work or live.
Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine Booster
A single booster is recommended at least two months after completion of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines for those 18 years of age and up.
The CDC also announced that there are now booster recommendations for all three available vaccines in the United States. Those individuals eligible for a booster vaccine may choose which vaccine to receive as their booster. Further guidance from the CDC in the coming days to help individuals understand these recommendations is expected.
Statement from Virginia’s State Vaccination Liaison Dr. Danny Avula, MD, MPH.
“VDH has been working with our vaccination partners — pharmacies, healthcare providers, hospitals and other institutions — to prepare for the booster rollout. In addition to these vaccination partners, Community Vaccination Centers (CVCs) are strategically located across the Commonwealth to ensure Virginians will be able to access a booster dose when it’s recommended. The move by the CDC to allow vaccine recipients to ‘mix and match’ vaccines for their boosters gives Virginians another level of choice in protecting themselves from COVID-19.
“If you decide to get a booster dose by mixing and matching, VDH urges you to consult with your doctor or healthcare provider who can assist you in making the best decision for your own situation. We also stress that all three vaccines authorized for administration in the United States are highly effective in preventing severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization and death.”
COVID-19 Vaccine & Booster Shot Opportunities
Interested in receiving a COVID-19 Vaccine or booster shot? The Chickahominy Health District (CHD) is partnering with Reynolds Community College and Goochland County to offer COVID-19 vaccine opportunities monthly, you can learn about those on CHD’s Community Vaccine Clinic Survey, at this link, or by calling (804) 365-3240.
Residents can also call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682), text their Zip Code to GETVAX (438829), or visit https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/ to find COVID-19 vaccine locations. The call center is available six days a week, Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.