January 10, 2022

The COVID-19 vaccines are still effective in preventing severe disease, yet protection can lessen over time. A booster shot is an additional shot recommended for all vaccinated adults to get longer lasting protection. Many vaccines need boosters after a period of time.

Can I get a COVID-19 booster shot? 

Everyone ages 12 and older is eligible for a booster shot once it has been:

  • At least 5 months after receiving the second dose (or third dose if you are immunocompromised) of Pfizer or Moderna
  • At least 2 months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Booster doses for youth 11 and under are not available at this time.

Which brand should I get? 

12-17 year olds must get Pfizer. Ages 18 and up can get any brand, based on availability. All are effective.

Where can I get a booster? 

To get a booster shot:

What is a third dose? 

A third dose is different from a booster shot. It is an additional dose of vaccine for people who, because of a medical condition, need another dose to get a good immune response. If you believe you need a third dose, call your healthcare provider or ask a pharmacist.  

Read more about vaccine boosters and third doses (OHA)