Eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

  • 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 groups have an increased risk of getting and spreading COVID. 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-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine AND you are:

    • 65 years or older;

    • A long-term care resident or staff member;

    • 18+ and have an underlying medical condition, including asthma, diabetes, and obesity; or

    • 18+ and work or live in a high-risk setting, including health care workers, teachers, and grocery store workers.


  • You’re 18+ and it’s been at least 2 months since you got a dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

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