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Booster shots approved for recipients of Moderna and J&J COVID-19 Vaccines

Posted on October 25th, 2021

On Thursday, October 21, CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., recommended that certain individuals who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine receive a booster shot. These boosters are in addition to previously approved booster doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Booster shot eligibility is as follows:

Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Recipients

For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Recipients

Booster shots are also recommended for Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recipients who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments will start administering booster shots to recipients of Moderna and Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, October 26. Not all vaccine types will be available at each vaccine location. Appointments are available but not required.

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