COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters for Employees in High-Risk Settings

COVID-19 vaccines continue to be highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death due to COVID-19, including from the Delta variant. But protection appears to decrease over time, and some people are at increased risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 because of where they work. As a result, some people are now eligible for a booster shot.

Who Is Eligible for a Booster

You’re eligible to get a booster shot if:

  • It's been at least 6 months since you got the second dose of a Pfizer-BioTech or Moderna vaccine;
  • You're at least 18 years old; and 

  • You work in certain high-risk settings.

Examples include:

  • First responder (such as firefighter or police officer)
  • Health care worker
  • Education staff (such as teacher, support staff, or daycare worker)
  • Food and agriculture worker
  • Factory worker
  • Corrections worker
  • U.S. Postal Service worker
  • Public transportation worker
  • Grocery store worker

If your workplace is not listed above, your health care provider can help you decide if a booster is right for you.

CDC recommends that all individuals who are at least 18 years old and who got Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine—regardless of whether you work in a high-risk setting—get a booster at least 2 months after your first dose.

If you're eligible for a booster, you may choose which vaccine to receive as a booster dose. Your booster shot doesn't have to be the same vaccine you received before. 

For more information about boosters, or if you have questions about your eligibility, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus or talk to a health care provider.

How to Find Vaccines

You have three ways to find vaccines near you:

  • Go to vaccines.gov
  • Text your ZIP code to 438829
  • Call 1-800-232-0233