Booster Doses and Third Doses for Immunocompromised Individuals
To strengthen and extend protections against COVID-19, boosters are now available to all North Carolinians 12 and older. Although we don’t have all the answers on the Omicron variant, initial data suggests that COVID-19 boosters help broaden and strengthen the protection against Omicron and other variants.
You are eligible for a booster if:
- You are 12 or older (Pfizer)*, or 18 or older (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J)
- You received your second/final dose of the Pfizer vaccines more than FIVE months ago, or
- You received your second/final dose of the Moderna vaccines more than FIVE months ago, or
- You received your Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than TWO months ago
* At this time, only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized and recommended for adolescents aged 12-17.
Adults 18 and older may receive any brand of COVID-19 vaccine for your booster shot. However, it is recommended that people get boosted with a mRNA vaccine – Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech, instead of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, unless they have a medical reason as to why they cannot receive an mRNA vaccine. Should can speak with a doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you have questions about what booster is right for you.
For individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, including children ages 5-11
For individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and who received Pfizer or Moderna for their first and second dose, the CDC recommends:
- People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, and may not build the same level of immunity to 2-dose vaccine series compared to people who are not immunocompromised.
- CDC recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccineor Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine.
- This additional dose is intended to improve immunocompromised people’s response to their initial vaccine series
People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them. Immunocompromised individuals will be asked to self-attest to their status. A note from a medical provider is not required.