COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots Update

Posted 9/17/2021 in Public Health

Brought to you by Delaware County Public Health

Knowing many in our community are interested in and asking about COVID-19 booster shots, Delaware County Public Health wanted to provide an update for everyone.

In August 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services began planning to offer COVID-19 booster shots in the fall of 2021 for those who received the Pfizer (Comirnaty) or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. 

The FDA and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have not approved the booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine yet. The FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Committee were scheduled to meet on Friday, September 17, 2021, to advise the FDA on whether to authorize a booster dose of Pfizer vaccine for some or all adults. ACIP is scheduled to meet on September 22-23, 2021. It is important to note that the approval of booster doses is required by BOTH the FDA and ACIP prior to COVID-19 vaccine booster doses being administered.

Healthcare providers CANNOT begin administering booster doses beginning September 20, 2021. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided September 20, 2021 as a planning date only.

As Delaware County Public Health learns more, information will be provided to the community. If you have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage you to do so. The vaccine is readily available for those age 12+. Visit regmedctr.org/covid-vaccine-update to identify where you can get your vaccine. If you have any questions, please call Delaware County Public Health at 563-927-7551.

NOTE: If you are an individual with a moderately to severely compromised immune system, you are eligible to receive a third dose of mRNA CoVID-19 vaccine following your 2-dose vaccination series of Pfizer or Moderna. This third dose should be received at least 28 days after the second dose. Please talk to your healthcare provider about your medical condition to determine if getting a third dose is appropriate for you.