COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

Individuals can receive other vaccines on the same day they receive the COVID-19 vaccine. For example, patients can receive their flu vaccine any time before, after, or at the same time as the COVID vaccine if both are readily available. 


MODERNA:

  • Individuals 18 and older are eligible
  • 2-dose series
  • IMMUNOCOMPROMISED: People 18+ 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. Talk to your healthcare provider about your medical condition to determine if getting a third dose is appropriate for you. Additionally, those 18+ with a moderately to severely compromised immune system should receive a booster dose 6 months after the third mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose.
  • BOOST DOSE**: Everyone 18+ should receive a boost dose at least 5 months or more after the initial two-dose series.

PFIZER (Comirnaty)

  • Individuals 5 and older are eligible
  • 2-dose series
  • PEDIATRIC - Age 5-11: Under an Emergency Use Authorization, the CDC recommends a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. This 2-dose, primary vaccine series is recommended for all children aged 5-11, regardless of a history of symptomatic or asymptomatic COVID-19 infection. The COVID-19 vaccine dosage is different for this age group than other age groups. At this time, a booster dose is NOT recommended for ages 5-11. Children may experience fewer side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine than adolescents or young adults. Those who have evidence of a prior infection may also have fewer side effects than those without evidence of prior infection.
  • IMMUNOCOMPROMISED - Age 5 and older: 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. At this time, only the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for children aged 5-11. This third dose should be received at least 28 days after the second dose. Talk to your healthcare provider about your medical condition to determine if getting a third dose is appropriate for you.
  • BOOST DOSE**: At least 5 months or more after the initial two-dose series: Everyone 12+ should receive a boost dose. Adolescents aged 12-17 can only get a Pfizer booster. At this time, only the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for adolescents aged 12-17 years.

J&J (Janssen)

  • Individuals 18 and older are eligible
  • 1-dose vaccine
  • BOOST DOSE**Should receive a boost dose at 2 months or more after the initial dose. An individual who has already received one dose of J&J vaccine could reasonably receive a second dose (just know there is a very rare, but real, risk). Or, if an individual chooses not to receive the J&J vaccine again, they should receive a single dose of mRNA vaccine at least 2 months later. Not enough people have received a booster dose of the J&J vaccine to determine the risk of TTS after getting the vaccine as a booster.
  • The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines should be given instead of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, when possible and appropriate. 

    - The reason is due to a new analysis showing that the risk of a blood clotting condition (Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome or TTS) after the J&J is still rare but greater than previously thought. In light of the new information, the CDC did a risk-benefit analysis showing that the mRNA vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna are safer and more effective than the J&J vaccine. This is the vaccine safety monitoring processes working as intended.

    Those who have received the J&J vaccine and have not experienced any symptoms of TTS (listed here) within 42 days are not at risk but do have protection against severe cases of COVID-19.


**BOOST DOSE "MIX & MATCH"

In general, the same product used for the primary regimen should be used for the booster. However, the CDC does now allow for “mix and match” booster doses for booster shots with the exception of adolescents aged 12-17 years. Adolescents aged 12-17 can only get a Pfizer booster. Please talk to your healthcare provider for guidance on your booster dose if you have questions.


Updated: 01/06/22