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COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer Boosters – what you need to know

A COVID-19 booster dose is now recommended for millions of Americans.
Here’s who’s eligible:

  • Anyone 65 or older 
  • Anyone living in a long-term care facility 
  • Adults aged 50-64 with underlying medical conditions that put them at high risk for severe COVID-19. 
    • Younger adults aged 18-49 should consider getting a booster based on their individual risk assessment. If you fall into this category, be sure to consult your healthcare provider. 
  • Adults aged 18-64 who are healthcare workers, teachers, daycare staff, grocery workers people in shelters or prisons, among others.

If I’m eligible, when do I get a booster?

Six months after your last dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

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).

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.

How and where do I get my 3rd dose?

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 a 3rd dose?

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.

I got Modena or Janssen (J&J) am I eligible?

Not currently. Because Pfizer’s vaccine was the first to be authorized, it’s data on boosters was the first available. Experts are still reviewing data about Janssen and Moderna boosters before. 

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