CDC releases updated recommendations for COVID-19 booster shots

Following Emergency Use Authorizations from the Food and Drug Administration this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided updated recommendations for COVID-19 booster shots. COVID-19 booster shots are now recommended for the following groups of individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, at 6 months or more after their initial series:
  • 65 years and older
  • Age 18+ who live in long term care settings
  • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
  • Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
 Additionally, for those that are 18 and older that received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine two or more months ago, a booster shot is recommended. 
Eligible individuals can get a booster shot of a different brand if they choose to do so as the CDC is now allowing for mixing and matching product for the booster shot.
The CDC has created a webpage to help long term care providers access the booster dose. Providers should work with their long term care pharmacies to gain access to the booster dose. If you are having trouble accessing the vaccine, please contact your state or local health department's immunization program. The appropriate contact for each immunization program can be found here.
As a reminder, the CDC has noted that the COVID-19 vaccine and the influenza vaccinations can be coadministered in cases where an individual is eligible for both vaccinations.

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