Who should get a COVID-19 booster shot?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  recommended  booster vaccine shotsfor ages 5 and up to help strengthen and extend protections against COVID-19. Kids ages 5 and up who received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can now get their booster 5 months after their second shot. Ages 5 - 17 can only receive the Pfizer COVID-19 booster, and parental consent is required. Adults 18 and older can receive any brand of COVID-19 vaccine for their booster shot.  The CDC recommends a third dose of Pfizer for children 5 to 11 who have immunocompromised immune systems.

Anyone over 50 or at high risk, as well as those 18 or older who were vaccinated more than two months ago with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, should get a booster dose now. Additionally, fully vaccinated people who received their first COVID-19 vaccine outside of the U.S. or in clinical trials with a brand not currently authorized can now receive a Pfizer booster shot when they are eligible.

Which booster shot do I get? 

Individuals 18 and older can receive any brand of COVID-19 vaccine for their booster shot. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster. Kids 12 to 18 can only receive the Pfizer COVID-19 booster, and parental consent is required  Limited preliminary evidence suggests that booster doses of one of the two mRNA vaccines—Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech—more effectively raise antibody levels than a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Scheduling Your Booster Shot

Booster doses of all three COVID-19 vaccines are free and widely available at a variety of locations. Community members should visit vaccines.gov or call (919) 913-8088 to find and schedule an appointment.


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1. What COVID-19 Vaccines are Available?
2. What ages are eligible to be vaccinated?
3. How do we know COVID-19 vaccines are safe for kids?
4. If the vaccine works for other people, why do kids need it?
5. I have already had COVID-19. Do I still need to get vaccinated?
6. Who should get a COVID-19 booster shot?
7. Is the second COVID-19 booster vaccine available?
8. I am immunocompromised. Do I need an additional shot?
9. How do the COVID-19 vaccines work?
10. Will the vaccines cause side effects?
11. How were the COVID-19 vaccines produced so quickly?
12. Can I get COVID-19 from these vaccines?
13. Can receiving a COVID-19 vaccine cause you to be magnetic?
14. Do COVID-19 vaccines contain microchips?
15. Can the COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?
16. Is it safe for me to get the COVID-19 vaccine if I would like to have a baby one day?
17. Will getting a COVID-19 vaccine cause me to test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?
18. What can you do once you are fully vaccinated?
19. I missed my 2nd shot of the mRNA vaccine. What should I do?
20. I am homebound or unable to travel to a COVID-19 vaccine clinic. What should I do?
21. I lost my vaccine card. How can I get a new one?
22. How do I host a COVID-19 vaccine event?
23. What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?
24. If I test positive for COVID-19, what should I do?
25. If I was exposed to someone with COVID-19, what should I do?
26. When can I leave isolation if I had COVID-19 symptoms?
27. One or more health conditions increase the risk of getting very sick with COVID-19. What are those conditions?