Covid vaccine boosters are now available. Here’s who’s eligible for Pfizer, Moderna and J&J’s shots

A patient receives a booster vaccine for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during the Pfizer-BioNTech immunization clinic in Southfield, Michigan, US, September 29, 2021.

Emily El Kunin | Reuters

Nearly 100 million people nationwide are immediately eligible to receive a Covid booster injection after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized additional doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines Thursday night.

The agency’s decision also enables fully vaccinated people to pair their boosters with doses from different manufacturers after research from the National Institutes of Health showed it’s safe and effective to mix and match vaccines. The Pfizer and BioNTech boosters were widely approved for use in the United States on September 24.

About 11.6 million individuals nationwide have already received their boosters, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) approvals have been opened to tens of millions of people. But not everyone is eligible. Here’s who’s allowed to get the extra doses in the US based on the first round of picks:

Pfizer-Biwantech

More than 47 million Pfizer vaccine recipients who received both shots at least six months ago are now eligible for a booster dose Friday, according to data presented Thursday to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advisory committee. It includes:

  • Anyone 65 years of age or older.
  • All adults between the ages of 18 and 64 have cancer, dementia, diabetes, heart disease, HIV, and other medical conditions that increase the likelihood of developing complications from COVID-19.
  • Anyone 18 years of age or older who lives or works in a long-term care facility, homeless shelter, prison, or other gathering place.
  • Front line employees 18 years of age or older who are at higher risk of contracting Covid because of their work, including first responders, teachers, supermarket employees and mass transit employees.

modern

More than 39.1 million Moderna vaccine recipients who received both injections at least six months ago became eligible for a booster dose Friday, according to a CDC presentation. The CDC has adopted the same standards for Moderna recipients as Pfizer because the two companies use the same mRNA technology in their Covid vaccines. include.

  • Anyone 65 years of age or older.
  • All adults between the ages of 18 and 64 have cancer, dementia, diabetes, heart disease, HIV, and other medical conditions that increase the likelihood of developing complications from COVID-19.
  • Anyone 18 years of age or older who lives or works in a long-term care facility, homeless shelter, prison, or other gathering place.
  • Front line employees 18 years of age or older who are at higher risk of contracting Covid because of their work, including first responders, teachers, supermarket employees and mass transit employees.

Johnson & Johnson

The CDC has adopted slightly different criteria for J&J’s single-shot Covid vaccine, making nearly 13 million recipients eligible as of Friday. It includes

  • All adults who have been vaccinated with J&J’s Covid vaccine for at least two months, instead of six months with Pfizer and Moderna.
  • All adult J&J recipients are eligible for a booster dose even if they do not have underlying medical conditions, work in an occupation, or live where there is a higher risk of contracting Covid.

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