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COVID-19 Booster Doses

Updates as of September 3, 2022:

  • Aligned with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to grant emergency use authorization (EUA) of the Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent booster for everyone 12 years and older, and Moderna bivalent booster for everyone 18 years and older.


What:

The FDA has authorize the updated booster for Moderna for adults 18 years and older and for Pfizer for those 12 years and older. Everyone 12+ who has had their primary series should get the updated booster at least 2 months following any COVID vaccine or booster dose. 

The updated boosters are available for everyone aged 12+:

  • Following completion of their primary series, regardless of vaccine product used
  • Regardless of the number of booster doses received
  • And are the only mRNA booster doses that are available to them. Those 12+ are no longer eligible for the current mRNA boosters based only on the origial strain of the virus.

It is recommended that everyone 5 years and older get boosted, if eligible, with the vaccine that is available to them. Children aged 5-11 years who received Pfizer for their primary series may continue to get the Pfizer booster based on on the original strain.

The previous boosters were monovalent and contained one strain while the updated boosters are bivalent and add the Omicron strains that have been causing the most recent cases.

Please see below for a brief description of who is eligible. For a more detailed outline including any special situations for those who are immunocompromised, please see the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Chart in Related Materials at the top of the page.

For more information on Booster and Additional Doses, see Related Materials at the top of the page.

Eligibility:

Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer)

6 months through 4 years:

  • Regardless of Immune Response:
    • No recommendation for any booster or additional doses at this time.

5-11 years

  • Regular Immunity:
    • Should receive a booster (monovalent) dose of Pfizer at least five months after receiving their second dose.
  • Compromised Immunity:
    • Should receive an additional (monovalent) dose  of Pfizer at least four weeks after receiving the second dose in their primary series.
    • Should receive a booster (monovalent) dose of Pfizer at least three months after receiving their additional/third dose.

12-17 years

  • Regular Immunity:
    • Should receive the Updated Booster (bivalent) dose of Pfizer at least two months after receiving their last dose, regardless of type (primary series or booster).
  • Compromised Immunity:
    • Should receive an additional (monovalent) dose of Pfizer at least four weeks after receiving the second dose of their primary series.
    • Should receive the Updated Booster (bivalent) dose of Pfizer at least two months after receiving their last dose, regardless of type (primary series or booster).

18 years+

  • Regular Immunity:
    • Should receive the Updated Booster (bivalent) dose at least two months after receiving their last dose, regardless of type (primary series or booster).
  • Compromised Immunity:
    • Should receive an additional (monovalent) dose of Pfizer at least four weeks after receiving the second dose fo their primary series.
    • Should receive the Updated Booster (bivalent) dose at least two months after receiving their last dose, regardless of type (primary series or booster).

Moderna 

6 months through 11 years

  • Regular Immunity:
    • No recommendation for any booster doses at this time.
  • Compromised Immunity:
    • Should receive an additional (monovalent) dose of Moderna at least four weeks after receiving their second dose.
    •  No recommendation for any booster doses at this time.

12-17 years

  • Regular Immunity:
    • Should receive the Updated Booster (bivalent) dose of Pfizer at least two months after receiving their last dose, regardless of type (primary series or booster).
  • Compromised Immunity:
    • Should receive an additional (monovalent) dose of Moderna at least four weeks after receiving the second dose of their primary series.
    • Should receive the Updated Booster (bivalent) dose of Pfizer at least two months after receiving their last dose, regardless of type (primary series or booster).

18 years+

  • Regular Immunity:
    • Should receive the Updated Booster (bivalent) dose at least two months after receiving their last dose, regardless of type (primary series or booster).
  • Compromised Immunity:
    • Should receive an additional (monovalent) dose of Moderna at least four weeks after receiving their second dose of their primary series.
    • Should receive the Updated Booster (bivalent) dose at least two months after their last dose, regardless of type (primary series or booster).

Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted (Novavax)

12-17 years

  • Regardless of Immune Response:
    • Should receive the Updated Booster (bivalent) dose of Pfizer at least two months after their last dose, regardless of type (primary series or booster).

18 years+

  • Regardless of Immune Response:
    • Should receive the Updated Booster (bivalent) dose at least two months after their last dose, regardless of type (primary series or booster).

Johnson & Johnson (J&J)

18 years+

  • Regular Immunity:
    • Should receive the Updated Booster (bivalent) dose at least two months after their last dose, regardless of type (primary series or booster) or may receive a J&J booster (monovalent) dose.
  • Compromised Immunity:
    • Should receive an additional (monovalent) dose of an mRNA vaccine at least four weeks after receiving the second dose of their primary series.
    • Should receive the Updated Booster (bivalent) dose at least two months after receiving their last dose, regardless of type (primary series or booster).

Where:

Booster doses are available in many places, including healthcare providers, clinics and local pharmacies. Californians can visit the My Turn webpage (MyTurn.ca.gov) or call 833-422-4255, or visit Vaccines.gov to make an appointment or find a walk-in vaccine clinic near them.

 

Originally published on March 2, 2022