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COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters – what you need to know

Update April 5, 2022 based on guidance from the FDA.

As the COVID-19 virus continues to mutate and spread, it remains important to maintain high levels of disease protection, particularly among at-risk populations. Based on guidance from the FDA, CDC, and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, the Nevada State Immunization Program recommends a second booster dose for older people and immunocompromised individuals. Data indicates that protection levels from vaccines wane over time and boosters significantly improve it, helping to protection against COVID-19 infection, severe illness, and death.

Who is eligible for 1st COVID-19 booster dose?

  • People 12+ who received 2 doses of Pfizer Biontech-Comirarty vaccine at least 5 months ago
  • People 18+ who received 2 doses of Moderna-Spikevax vaccine at least 5 months ago
  • People 18+ who received 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine at least 2 months ago
  • People 12+ who are moderately or severely immunocompromised and have received a 3-dose primary mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series (Pfizer Biontech-Comirarty or Moderna-Spikevax) should receive a booster dose (4 total doses).

Who should get 2nd COVID-19 booster dose?

  • People aged 50+ who got first booster at least 4 months ago
  • People 12+ with immunocompromised conditions (this will be their 5th dose of an mRNA vaccine) who got first booster at least 4 months ago
  • People whose initial vaccine and 1st booster were Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), and they were boosted at least 4 months ago

Which booster should you get?

  • Adults 18+ should get a booster shot of either the Pfizer Biontech-Comirarty or Moderna-Spikevax mRNA vaccine (even if their initial vaccine was Johnson & Johnson (Janssen))
  • Children 12-17 are only eligible for a Pfizer Biontech-Comirarty booster at this time

What’s a booster shot?

For some viruses, the protection we get from a vaccine starts to wear off over time. An additional dose of the vaccine may be needed to boost your immune response and make sure you’re protected. Boosters are common for many vaccines, like Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis).

For those moderately or severely immunocompromised: 3 recommended doses of the mRNA vaccine are considered part of the primary series to boost immunity to levels equivalent to a 2-dose series in the non-immunocompromised. An additional booster dose (4th dose) is recommended to maintain that enhanced immunity.

Can I get my COVID-19 booster and flu shot at the same time?

YES, it’s safe to do so and encouraged. If you’re eligible for your COVID-19 booster, you get your flu shot on the same day. If you’re not eligible for a COVID-19 booster yet, be sure to protect yourself from the flu and get your flu shot today.

Where can you get a booster?

You can get your booster anywhere COVID-19 vaccines are being offered.
Bring your vaccine card with you to the vaccine clinic/site. If you do not have your vaccine card, you can request one from your previous vaccinator or request your vaccination record through izrecord.nv.gov to bring with you. Upon arrival, your vaccinator may require you to complete a form self-verifying your eligibility.

How will I react to my booster?

So far, reactions reported after a booster were like that of the two-dose series: fatigue and pain at injection site were most common and most symptoms were mild to moderate.

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