A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can provide added protection against the coronavirus. The CDC recommends this booster dose several months after getting the initial doses of the vaccine for further defense against severe illness, hospitalization or even death.
Like the first two shots, boosters are available for those ages five and older through the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, as well as local healthcare systems and pharmacies.
Which booster can I get?
Eligible individuals ages 18 and older may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster.
The CDC’s recommendations allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots. However, individuals ages 5-17 are only eligible for a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster.
Anyone ages five and older can receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster dose starting five months after completing the initial two-dose Pfizer mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series.
A second booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine may be administered to individuals 50 and older and those ages 12 and older with certain immunocompromising conditions at least four months after receiving a first booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Anyone age 18 and older can receive a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster starting five months after completing the initial two-dose Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series.
A second booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be administered to individuals 50 years of age and older and those age 18 and older with certain immunocompromising conditions at least four months after receiving a first booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
A single booster dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) is preferred in most situations for anyone age 18 and older who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The booster dose can be administered at least two months after completion of the single-dose vaccination.
Adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine at least four months ago may receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna).
Where can I get a booster dose?
You can get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a time and location that is convenient for you. You do not have to get your booster dose from the same place you received your first or second dose.
Find a pharmacy or clinic near you using Vaccine Finder or Vacunas (Spanish). You can also text your zip code to GETVAX (438829) in English, or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish or call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 888-720-7489).
Second Boosters (for Immunocompromised Individuals)
Individuals ages 50 and older and those ages 12 and older with certain immunocompromising conditions are eligible for an additional booster dose. You must wait at least four months after receiving a first booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
What to bring to your vaccination
COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card
Bring your COVID-19 Vaccination Record card with you so the vaccine provider can determine if you are eligible for a booster dose. Your booster dose will be documented on your COVID-19 Vaccination Record card. You may also want to bring photo identification with you in case the provider asks for it.
If you lost or damaged your COVID-19 Vaccination Record card and you received your COVID-19 vaccination from JCDHE, please complete this form (English or Spanish) and return it to us via email, fax or regular mail to request a replacement COVID-19 Vaccination Card.
If you received your COVID-19 vaccination from another provider (i.e., doctor’s office, pharmacy, out of state provider), contact them directly for a replacement. JCDHE only has vaccination records for people who received their COVID-19 vaccine(s) at a JCDHE clinic.
Printed and Signed Vaccine Consent Form (Dispense Assist)
Complete this form online (English or Spanish). Print the form, sign it and date it. If you do not have access to a printer, you will need to complete and sign the form at the vaccination site. A parent or guardian must sign the vaccine consent form for any child under the age of 18.
Children ages 15 and younger receiving a COVID-19 vaccine must be accompanied by an adult. A parent or guardian is preferable. However, the parent/guardian may designate a non-parent adult on the consent form to be present at the time of vaccination if they are unavailable.
FAQs About Booster Doses
Do I need to get my booster dose from JCDHE if I got my first two doses from JCDHE?
There are plenty of COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States, so you can get your booster dose at any location that is convenient for you (clinic, pharmacy, employer). Bring your COVID-19 Vaccination Record card with you so the vaccine provider can determine if you are eligible for a booster dose. Your booster dose will be documented on your COVID-19 Vaccination Record card.
Do I need an appointment for a booster dose?
We recommend you reach out to your preferred vaccine provider and ask if an appointment is necessary for a booster dose. You can search for a nearby vaccine provider by visiting vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233.
How will residents in long-term care facilities receive their booster dose?
Long-term care facilities will give COVID-19 vaccine booster doses to their residents. Most facilities partner with a local pharmacy to give vaccinations on-site to residents and staff. Facilities that don’t have a pharmacy partner can contact JCDHE for assistance. Please contact the facility to inquire about their booster dose vaccination plan.
Does everyone need to get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?
The CDC recommends a booster dose to enhance the superior protection that two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and one dose of the J&J vaccine already provide against severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 infection.
Will I have to show proof that I’m eligible for a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?
JCDHE will not request proof of individuals’ health conditions. However, bring your COVID-19 Vaccination Record card with you so the vaccine provider can determine if you are eligible for a booster dose.