COVID-19 Booster Shot Eligibility Update

Posted 11/22/2021 in Public Health

Brought to you by Delaware County Public Health

Effective immediately, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has approved for everyone ages 18 and older to get a COVID-19 booster shot.

Individuals can choose which COVID-19 vaccine they receive as their booster shot. Some may prefer to receive the same vaccine type as they originally received whereas others may be interested in getting a different booster. If you have any questions about your boost dose, please reach out to your healthcare provider.

Please review the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility summaries below.


MODERNA

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is a 2-dose series. Individuals aged 18 and older are eligible. People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems are eligible to receive a third dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine following their initial 2-dose vaccination series. This third dose should be received at least 28 days after the second dose. Six months after receiving the second dose or third dose (if applicable), people aged 50+ and those 18+ who reside in long-term care settings should receive a boost dose. Those 18+ may also receive a booster dose six months after their second or third dose based on individual benefit and risk.


PFIZER (Comirnaty)

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is a 2-dose series. Individuals aged 5 and older are eligible. People aged 12+ with moderately to severely compromised immune systems are eligible to receive a third dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine following their initial 2-dose vaccination series. This third dose should be received at least 28 days after the second dose. Six months after receiving the second dose or third dose (if applicable), people aged 50+ and those 18+ who reside in long-term care settings should receive a boost dose. Those 18+ may also receive a booster dose six months after their second or third dose based on individual benefit and risk.


J&J (Janssen)

The J&J COVID-19 vaccine is a 1-dose vaccine. Individuals aged 18 and older are eligible. Two months after receiving the initial dose, individuals should receive a boost dose.


If you have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage you to do so. The vaccine is readily available in our communities. Find COVID-19 vaccine resources at regmedctr.org/covid-vaccine-update or coronavirus.iowa.gov. If you have questions, please reach out to your healthcare provider or Delaware County Public Health at 563-927-7551.