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COVID-19 Booster Information

Booster Information

On September 22, 2021, the FDA amended the emergency use authorizations (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID19 Vaccine to allow for a single booster dose (i.e., a third dose) to be administered to select populations at least 6 months after completion of a Pfizer primary series.

Individuals who SHOULD get the booster
CDC recommends that the following groups should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine at least 6 months after completing their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series (i.e., the first 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine):

  • people aged 65 years and older
  • residents aged 18 years and older in long-term care settings
  • people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions

Individuals who MAY get the booster
CDC also recommends that the following groups may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine at least 6 months after completing their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks:

  • people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions
  • people aged 18–64 years at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting

Am I eligible for a booster?

Answer the questions below to determine whether you are eligible for a booster.

Did you receive the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine?
Has it been 6 months since you completed your vaccination series?
Are you 65 years or older?
Are you a resident a long-term care settings and aged 18 years or older?
Are you 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions?
Are you 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions?
Are you 18–64 years and work as one of the following:
  • First responders (healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
  • Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
  • Food and agriculture workers
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Corrections workers
  • U.S. Postal Service workers
  • Public transit workers
  • Grocery store workers

No. You are not eligible for booster.

At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is the only booster that has been authorized for use.

No. You are not eligible for booster.

At this time, you must wait until 6 months has passed before receiving your booster.

Yes! You SHOULD get the Pfizer Booster!

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CDC recommends that the following groups should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine at least 6 months after completing their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series (i.e., the first 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine):

  • people aged 65 years and older
  • residents aged 18 years and older in long-term care settings
  • people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions

Yes! You MAY get the Pfizer Booster!

CDC also recommends that the following groups may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine at least 6 months after completing their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks:

  • people aged 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions
  • people aged 18–64 years at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting

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No. You are not eligible for booster.

At this time, you are not eligible to receive a booster.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Booster

If we need a booster shot, does that mean that the vaccines aren’t working?

No. COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. However, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection, especially among certain populations, against mild and moderate disease.

What should people who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine do?

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDC’s recommendations are bound by what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization allows. At this time, the Pfizer-BioNTech booster authorization only applies to people whose primary series was Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. People in the recommended groups who got the Moderna or J&J vaccine will likely need a booster shot. More data on the effectiveness and safety of Moderna and J&J booster shots are expected in the coming weeks. With those data in hand, CDC will keep the public informed with a timely plan for Moderna and J&J booster shots.

What are the risks to getting a booster?

For many who have completed their primary series with Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the benefits of getting a booster shot outweigh the known and potential risks. So far, reactions reported after the third PfizerBioNTech shot were similar to that of the 2-shot primary series. Fatigue and pain at the injection site were the most commonly reported side effects, and overall, most side effects were mild to moderate. However, as with the 2-shot primary series, serious side effects are rare, but may occur.

Does this change the definition of “fully vaccinated” for those eligible for booster shots?

People are still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-shot series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the J&J/Janssen vaccine. This definition applies to all people, including those who receive an additional dose as recommended for moderate to severely immunocompromised people and those who receive a booster shot.

Can you explain these recommendations related to people 18 to 49 with underlying medical conditions, and people 18 to 64 who may be exposed due to occupational/institutional setting? How are these different from the other two recommendations?

Adults 18–49 who have underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID19, as are people 18-64 are in an occupational or institutional setting where the burden of COVID-19 infection and risk of transmission are high. However, that risk is likely not as high as it would be for adults 50 years and older who have underlying medical conditions, or people who live in long-term care settings. With the lower risk, the data do not support that everyone who falls into this group should get a booster shot. Therefore, CDC’s recommendation is not as strong for these populations, but still allows a booster shot to be available for those who would like to get one. People 18 and older who are at high risk for severe COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions or their occupation should consider their individual risks and benefits when making the decision of whether to get a booster shot. This recommendation may change in the future as more data become available.

Will providers accept anyone who says they’re eligible to receive a booster shot? Will people need to show a doctor’s note/prescription or other documentation?

It’s important to note that individuals can self-attest (i.e. self-report that they are eligible) and receive a booster shot wherever vaccines are offered. This will help ensure there are not additional barriers to access for these select populations receiving their booster shot.

When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine booster if I am NOT in one of the recommended groups?

Additional populations may be recommended to receive a booster shot as more data becomes available. The COVID-19 vaccines approved and authorized in the United States continue to be effective at reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death. However, the virus that causes COVID-19 constantly evolves. Experts are looking at all available data to understand how well the vaccines are working for different populations. This includes looking at how new variants, like Delta, affect vaccine effectiveness.

Highlighted Locations for Moderna or Pfizer Booster Doses.

Find a location below and register today! If these locations or times do not work for you, please view the full calendar here.

Date Location Start End City Event Code Vaccine Type
6/14/2021 Desert Sage Academy – Schedule 12:00 6:00 Santa Fe RLREDSR Pfizer
6/14/2021 Westside Community Center – Schedule 11:00 7:00 Albuquerque WRJYMWV Moderna
6/14/2021 Las Cruces Convention Center – Schedule 9:00 2:00 Las Cruces ERYORD Moderna
6/15/2021 Expo NM – Tingley Coliseum – Schedule 2:00 7:00 Albuquerque GSDGWW Pfizer
6/15/2021 Westside Community Center – Schedule 11:00 7:00 Albuquerque VOIMVXG Moderna
6/15/2021 Presbyterian – Schedule 9:00 7:00 Albuquerque MFFGJWH Pfizer
6/15/2021 Las Cruces Convention Center – Schedule 2:00 7:00 Las Cruces SEHDSK Moderna
6/16/2021 Desert Sage Academy – Schedule 12:00 6:00 Santa Fe CBBVRLY Pfizer
6/16/2021 Expo NM – Tingley Coliseum – Schedule 2:00 7:00 Albuquerque OYLRRO Pfizer
6/16/2021 Los Alamos High School – Schedule 12:00 2:00 Los Alamos QFCGZTO Moderna
6/16/2021 National Hispanic Cultural Center – Schedule 10:00 16:00 Albuquerque YYSLWO Moderna
6/16/2021 Westside Community Center – Schedule 11:00 7:00 Albuquerque ZGSOHHS Moderna
6/16/2021 Las Cruces Convention Center – Schedule 9:00 2:00 Las Cruces LOKETH Pfizer
6/17/2021 National Hispanic Cultural Center – Schedule 10:00 12:00 Albuquerque YYSLWO Moderna
6/17/2021 Desert Sage Academy – Schedule 10:00 12:00 Santa Fe OWEVDS Moderna
6/17/2021 National Hispanic Cultural Center – Schedule 9:00 11:00 Albuquerque TFHDOS Moderna
6/17/2021 Las Cruces Convention Center – Schedule 4:00 7:00 Las Cruces URTOSP Pfizer
6/17/2021 Westside Community Center – Schedule 11:00 7:00 Albuquerque VVJBOLZ Moderna
6/17/2021 Casa Feliz/International District – Schedule 3:00 8:00 Albuquerque FELIZ Pfizer
6/17/2021 Kewa Pueblo Health Corporation – Schedule 8:00 4:30 Santo Domingo 505-465-5524 Pfizer/Moderna
6/17/2021 Expo NM – Tingley Coliseum – Schedule 8:00 5:00 Albuquerque HMDJNDX Pfizer

Highlighted Locations for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Find a location below and register today! If these locations or times do not work for you, please view the full calendar here.

Date Location Start End City Event Code
6/14/2021 Desert Sage Academy – Schedule 12:00 6:00 Santa Fe RLREDSR
6/14/2021 Expo NM – Tingley Coliseum – Schedule 1:00 4:00 Albuquerque MFVZKPR
6/14/2021 Las Cruces Convention Center – Schedule 9:00 2:00 Las Cruces ERYORD
6/14/2021 Westside Community Center – Schedule 11:00 7:00 Albuquerque WRJYMWV
6/15/2021 Expo NM – Tingley Coliseum – Schedule 2:00 7:00 Albuquerque GSDGWW
6/15/2021 Presbyterian – Schedule 9:00 7:00 Albuquerque CGELVHA
6/15/2021 Las Cruces Convention Center – Schedule 2:00 7:00 Las Cruces SEHDSK
6/15/2021 UNM – The Pit – Schedule 8:00 12:00 Albuquerque BLBLZRK
6/15/2021 Westside Community Center – Schedule 11:00 7:00 Albuquerque VOIMVXG
6/16/2021 Desert Sage Academy – Schedule 12:00 6:00 Santa Fe CBBVRLY
6/16/2021 Estancia PHO – Schedule 12:00 12:30 Estanica FBADRFT
6/16/2021 Expo NM – Tingley Coliseum – Schedule 2:00 7:00 Albuquerque OYLRRO
6/16/2021 Los Alamos High School – Schedule 10:00 2:00 Los Alamos FREEDOM
6/16/2021 Westside Community Center – Schedule 11:00 7:00 Albuquerque ZGSOHHS
6/16/2021 Las Cruces Convention Center – Schedule 9:00 2:00 Las Cruces LOKETH
6/16/2021 Aztec PHO – Schedule 10:00 11:00 Aztec KRGYDND
6/16/2021 Grant County PHO – Schedule 8:00 9:30 Silver City BYYZZLL
6/16/2021 UNM – The Pit – Schedule 8:00 5:00 Albuquerque TQMDQAA
6/17/2021 Desert Sage Academy – Schedule 10:00 12:00 Santa Fe OWEVDS
6/17/2021 National Hispanic Cultural Center – Schedule 9:00 11:00 Albuquerque TFHDOS
6/17/2021 Las Cruces Convention Center – Schedule 4:00 7:00 Las Cruces URTOSP
6/17/2021 Nor Lea Hospital – Schedule 7:30 10:00 Hobbs DTHERN
6/17/2021 Roswell PHO – Schedule 9:30 12:00 Roswell UORNWI
6/17/2021 UNM – The Pit – Schedule 8:00 5:00 Albuquerque KTXKNFS
6/17/2021 Westside Community Center – Schedule 11:00 7:00 Albuquerque FFTZWHI
6/17/2021 Casa Feliz/International District – Schedule 3:00 8:00 Albuquerque FELIZ
6/17/2021 Kewa Pueblo Health Corporation – Schedule 8:00 4:30 Santo Domingo 505-465-5524
6/17/2021 John’s Pharmacy – Schedule 10:00 5:00 Albuquerque GZTYIUA
6/17/2021 Expo NM – Tingley Coliseum – Schedule 8:00 5:00 Albuquerque HMDJNDX

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