CDC is now recommending booster shots for people who are severely immunocompromised and who received an mRNA vaccine more than 28 days ago. People who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are not recommended to receive a booster shot at this time.
You must meet the criteria below to receive a booster shot. Please do not seek out a booster unless you meet the criteria. The vaccines are still highly effective against COVID-19 disease, hospitalization, and death, especially in those who do not have conditions that cause them to be moderately-to-severely immunocompromised.
Who is Eligible?
- People who are moderately-to-severely immunocompromised. This includes people who have:
- Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune respons
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- People who have received an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech) more than 28 days ago
- Boosters are not recommended after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at this time
*** Both criteria must be met to be eligible for a booster
How do I get a booster shot?
First, talk to your doctor to see if you qualify and if they recommend that you get a second dose of the vaccine. This decision should be made with guidance from your healthcare team. You must meet the criteria listed above to receive a booster.
Once you have discussed this decision with your care team and determine that you meet the criteria, you may receive a booster. The City of Middletown will be offering boosters at all clinics starting on 8/17. Please visit the Find a Vaccine page to view our clinics. Other organizations may also offer boosters as well. Call or check their websites for information. You may also talk with your healthcare provider or doctor's office to get information about where to get a booster shot. A list of all vaccine clinics in the Middletown area can be found on the Find a Vaccine page.
CDC recommends that you receive the same vaccine you had previously received. Switching to a different vaccine is not recommended at this time. Boosters are not approved or recommended for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at this time.
What if I am not Eligible?
All three vaccines are still highly effective against all known variants in the US and Connecticut, and still offer good protection against COVID-19 infection for people who are not moderately-to-severely immunocompromised. Even better, the vaccines have been shown to be even more effective against hospitalization and deaths. Being fully vaccinated is still the best way to protect yourself from getting severely sick from COVID-19, and the data shows that the majority of people do not require a booster shot at this time to have strong protection against illness, and especially hospitalization and death.
To protect yourself from COVID-19:
- Wear a mask in public spaces
- Avoid crowded public areas, especially indoors
- Move social events outside and ask others to mask up, especially if unvaccinated
- Practice good hand and environmental hygiene
- Encourage your unvaccinated friends and family to become vaccinated. The more people in our community that are vaccinated, the harder it will be for COVID-19 to spread