Important pediatric update
New recommendations from the FDA for the pediatric population:
- If your child is ages 6 months to 5 years and has completed their primary COVID-19 vaccine series with Moderna, and it has been at least 2 months since completion, they are eligible for the Moderna bivalent booster.
- Children ages 6 months to 4 years who completed their primary COVID-19 vaccine series with Pfizer are not eligible for a booster at this time.
The authorized COVID-19 vaccines are effective at reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the highly contagious variants.
We encourage anyone who is eligible to get their booster shot as soon as possible.
- Individuals aged 18 years and older who received the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine can get their booster shot at least 2 months after their initial vaccine.
- The CDC recommends that individuals ages 6 months and older receive a bivalent booster at least 2 months after completing the COVID-19 primary vaccination series. The only exception to this recommendation is for children ages 6 months to 4 years who have received their primary COVID-19 vaccine series with Pfizer.
- Individuals 18 years of age and older who received the Novavax vaccine and who are moderately or severely immunocompromised are eligible to receive a bivalent booster of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna at least 2 months after their second dose in the primary series.
Do I qualify for a COVID-19 vaccine booster and which one?
Please refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination Schedule Infographic on the CDC website. Note: This is updated by the CDC and changes based on new recommendations.
Getting a booster shot
Booster shot vaccine clinics for people who are 6 months of age and older are available at Dartmouth Health locations and at community-based clinics.
- You can schedule booster shots at Dartmouth Health locations using your myDH account. Note that not all Dartmouth Health locations are able to provide booster shots to all eligible patients.
- To find other booster shot vaccination clinics near you, please visit Vaccines.gov. You can also call 1-800-232-0233. Most pharmacies, such as CVS and Walgreens, are providing booster shots.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about COVID-19 booster shots
For answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 booster shots, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination page on the CDC website. Note: This is updated by the CDC and changes based on new recommendations.