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November 22, 2021
Studies show that after getting vaccinated against COVID-19, protection against the virus may decrease over time and provide less protection against variants such as Delta. Booster shots are a great way to combat this, as they help increase protection against the virus. Some COVID-19 vaccine recipients are now eligible to get booster shots.
Booster shots are given at least six months after the second shot of a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer- BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, or two months after the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recipients can now mix and match vaccines, meaning those eligible for a booster can choose between which COVID-19 vaccine to receive.
Am I Eligible?
Eligibility is currently fluctuating across the country. Currently, COVID-19 booster shots are available for individuals ages 18 and older who have already completed their initial series. As the eligibility for booster shots continues to change, be sure to consult the CDC to see if you’re eligible to receive it or talk to your health care provider.
To find a COVID-19 booster shot near you, check your local pharmacy’s website for vaccination walk-ins or appointments, or contact your state or local health department for more information.