An expert panel that advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on vaccine policy voted unanimously last week to recommend booster shots for people who were vaccinated with the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines.
People who were vaccinated with the Moderna product who meet eligibility criteria can get a booster shot six months or later after they completed their primary series. People who got the one-dose J&J vaccine should be boosted two months after the shot, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices stated.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky adopted the recommendations Thursday evening.
“These recommendations are another example of our fundamental commitment to protect as many people as possible from COVID-19,” said Dr. Walensky. “The evidence shows that all three COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States are safe – as demonstrated by the over 400 million vaccine doses already given. And, they are all highly effective in reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even in the midst of the widely circulating Delta variant.”
Last month, the CDC authorized booster shots for those who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines.
For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot 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
The panel left wide leeway for people to select the booster shot of their choice.
For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.