With FDA authorization, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a second booster dose to individuals over the age of 50 who received their initial COVID-19 booster at least 4 months ago. State Health Departments strongly encourage eligible residents to receive the second booster dose. Someone from the facility will contact you for permission to administer the second booster dose. Below are Vaccine Fact Sheets and FAQs from CDC. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to call the clinical team at the facility.
Vaccine Fact Sheets
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Q: Why are you offering an mRNA vaccine booster to people who previously received the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine?
A: For individuals who previously received a J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, data reveal that mRNA vaccines provide the most effective and safe protection against infection from COVID-19.. Of note, a new CDC report shows that adults who received the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine as both their primary dose and booster dose had lower levels of protection against COVID-19-associated emergency department and urgent care visits during Omicron compared to those who received an mRNA booster dose.
Q: Which type of COVID-19 vaccine can eligible people receive as a second booster dose?
A: Anyone has the option to receive a second booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.
Q: What is your guidance for immunocompromised people? Should they be receiving a fifth dose?
A: This new guidance recommends that people (ages 12 years and older if they received the Pfizer-BioNTech series, or ages 18 years and older if they received the Moderna series) who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may now receive 5 doses total (a primary series of 3 doses, plus 2 booster doses). People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised—and who received a single J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine primary series—are now able to receive a total of 4 vaccine doses: 1 J&J/Janssen dose, 1 additional mRNA dose, and 2 booster doses.
Q: Can people ages 50 years and older who received a J&J/Janssen primary dose and a J&J/Janssen booster get 2 booster doses of an mRNA vaccine?
A: No. People ages 50 years and older who received a J&J/Janssen primary dose and J&J/Janssen booster dose at least 4 months ago are able to receive ONE mRNA COVID-19 booster.
Q: For those eligible to receive a second booster dose now, will they be able to get another one this fall?
A: FDA and CDC will continue to discuss the data and need for a booster dose this fall. We anticipate those who choose to get their second booster now may still need additional doses later this year, if authorized. In the meantime, with cases of COVID-19 rising again in some parts of the world—and the possibility that the U.S. will experience another uptick in COVID-19 cases in the coming months—this update allows these individuals to increase their individual protection now. Another booster dose could help restore protection that may wane over time and provide peace of mind for those who want optimal protection as soon as possible.