Booster Doses and Additional 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. Speak with a doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you have questions about what booster is right for you.
People who are immunocompromised are especially vulnerable to COVID-19. Everyone, including immunocompromised people, should receive a COVID-19 vaccine primary series if they are 5 years and older as soon as possible.
After completing the primary series, some moderately or severely immunocompromised people should get an additional primary shot and a booster shot.