October 26, 2021

CDC expands eligibility for COVID-19 boosters

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, on October 21, endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ recommendation for a booster of COVID-19 vaccines in certain populations.

For individuals who received Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, the following are eligible for a booster at 6 months or more after their initial series:

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

For those who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, boosters also are recommended for those 18 years and older and who were vaccinated 2 or more months ago.

The recommendations now allow for mix and match dosing for boosters, and eligible individuals may choose which vaccine to receive as a booster, the CDC says.


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