I got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Can I get a booster now?

COVID-19 booster doses are now approved by the FDA, CDC, and New York State Department of Health for all vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.

Under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) updated emergency use authorizations (EUA), the CDC issued recommendations for a single booster dose 6 months after completion of the primary series of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine for the following individuals:

  • Age 65 years of age and older
  • Age 18 and older who live in long-term care settings
  • Age 18 and older who have underlying medical conditions
  • Age 18 and older who work or live in high-risk settings

The CDC has also issued recommendations for a single booster dose for those individuals who previously received a primary dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine, at least 2 months after the administration of the first dose.

It is recommended that the booster dose be given using the same vaccine manufacturer that the person received for the primary series. If the same product used for the primary series is no longer available, or a different COVID-19 vaccine is desired, any FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine can be used for the booster dose, according to FDA and CDC guidance. Please consult with your primary care physician to determine what is the best option for COVID-19 booster for you.

All three COVID-19 vaccine boosters (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) will be available at the Ulster County Department of Health’s POD at the former Best Buy at the Hudson Valley Mall beginning Friday, October 29thAppointments are helpful but walk-ins are welcome.