Booster Update 11-01-2021

November 1, 2021

Recently, the CDC has authorized COVID-19 booster shots. For booster shots, the CDC endorses mixing and matching any of the three authorized formulas: Moderna, Pfizer, and J&J (Johnson & Johnson).

So, who should get a booster shot?

According to the CDC, everyone who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine 2 or more months ago should get a booster shot. The booster shot can be Moderna, Pfizer, or J&J. Interestingly, there is a small study which demonstrated the mRNA vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer) may actually be a better booster for J&J than a second J&J shot.

The CDC also recommends booster shots at 6 months for the following groups who were initially vaccinated with either Moderna or Pfizer:

  • 65 years and older
  • Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
  • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
  • Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings (e.g. congregate housing such as dorms)

Still confused about COVID vaccines? Follow these simple guidelines:

  • 0 vaccines and never had COVID → Get a vaccine. The mRNA vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer) are now considered superior to the J&J, but all have proven to be effective and beneficial.
  • 0 vaccines, but you’ve had COVID → Get a vaccine. Preferably an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna). These vaccines offer phenomenal protection from reinfection.
  • 1 dose of Pfizer or Moderna → Get your second!
  • 1 dose of J&J more than 2 months ago → Get a booster. Preferably an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), but another J&J shot is acceptable.
  • 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna more than 6 months ago, you’re 65 or older, or have key medical conditions → Get a booster
  • 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna, you’re under 65, generally healthy, and do not work or live in a high-risk setting → No need for a booster right now

Additional populations may be recommended to receive a booster shot as more data become available. Please continue to visit the university’s COVID-19 website for the most up-to-date information.

If you received a COVID vaccine, don’t forget to add that information to your Patient Portal for your records. The SHC has a limited supply of J&J vaccine in stock. Moderna and Pfizer are readily available at local commercial pharmacies. SHC clinicians are available for consultation if any students are not sure which vaccine is best for them.

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Name Department
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