Enewsletter Article About COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

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Give your COVID-19 vaccination protection a boost 

Although COVID hasn’t gone away, our community is in a stronger place today because we have the tools to protect one another, especially safe and effective vaccines. But COVID-19 is still with us. And the risk of getting the virus may be higher for everyone because some variants are much more contagious than others.

Stay safer by getting your COVID vaccine as soon as you can. If you’ve already completed your initial vaccine series, get your booster shots as soon as you’re eligible.

Everyone ages 5 and older should get a COVID vaccine booster:

  • 5 months after your 2nd dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.
  • 2 months after your single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

You can get a 2nd booster 4 months after your 1st, if you’re:

  • 50 or older and got the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.   
  • 18 or older and got the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine is the only one authorized for people ages 12–17.

The COVID-19 vaccines continue to work very well at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death. A booster shot is an extra dose that helps keep up protection.

Where to find COVID-19 vaccines

You have 3 ways to find free vaccines near you:

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

Remember to bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card when you go for your booster shot. 

For more information

Visit cdc.gov/coronavirus or talk to a health care provider.