COVID Vaccine Boosters – Do I need one?

On September 24, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that certain individuals should or may get a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot.

The booster shot needs to be given at least 6 months after completion of the primary vaccine series and can only be given to patients who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC recommends:

  • people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
  • people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

No recommendations for additional doses of the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID19 vaccines.  At this time, there is no booster shot recommendation for the Moderna and J&J vaccines. The CDC advisory committee continues to review the data for the Moderna and J&J vaccines. The committee will provide recommendations on the use of boosters for these vaccines after more careful review of all of the evidence.

Where can I get a booster?  Although we are not giving COVID19 boosters at Bedford Commons OBGYN, if you are eligible for a booster dose, you can schedule an appointment at any retail pharmacy or can inquire about an additional dose through your primary care provider office.  Please make sure that you qualify for a booster dose based on the reasons above AND that it has been at least six months since your second Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination.  If you haven’t gotten a flu shot this year, consider getting the flu vaccination along with your COVID19 booster.  Both can be given on the same day.

What about boosters in pregnancy?  The CDC includes pregnancy is the list of “underlying medical conditions” for people who may receive a booster dose.  We strongly recommend that our pregnant patients receive the COVID19 vaccine.  For more information about the COVID19 vaccine and pregnancy, click here.