The CDC and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) have now authorized boosters for all three COVID-19 vaccines—Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. The CDC announcement on Thursday, October 21, also allows those eligible to choose which vaccine they wish to receive in what is being referred to as “mix and match” dosing, depending on availability. The Putnam County Department of Health has scheduled a booster clinic for this Thursday, October 28, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Philipstown Recreation Center in Garrison. Only Moderna and Pfizer vaccine boosters will be available. For more info or to register: https://www.putnamcountyny.com/health/covid19/#vaxinfo
For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, a single booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series is recommended for anyone in the following groups:
- 65 years and older
- Age 18+ who live in in long-term care settings
- Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
- Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
For individuals who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, a single booster shot is recommended for all those 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.
You can read the CDC announcement here: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/p1021-covid-booster.html
The authorization of boosters for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson follows authorization of the Pfizer vaccine booster in September. The rigorous process includes FDA authorization, CDC endorsement of the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and NYSDOH review and approval.