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Posted on: October 22, 2021

CDC Recommends Booster Shots for Recipients of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Vaccines

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Jefferson County, Colo. — Following approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), boosters are now available for all three COVID-19 vaccines.  

 

“All of the COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be safe, effective in reducing your risk of being infected with COVID-19, and remarkably effective in reducing your risk of being hospitalized due to or dying from COVID-19,” said Dr. Dawn Comstock, Executive Director at Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH). “Today’s announcement is another step toward strengthening our community’s protection against this deadly virus.”

 

When you should get a booster depends upon whether you were vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.


PFIZER

third dose of the Pfizer mRNA COVID-19 vaccine has already been recommended for those with moderately to severely compromised immune systems to improve their immune response to their initial vaccine series.

 

MODERNA

A third dose of the Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccine has already been recommended for those with moderately to severely compromised immune systems to improve their immune response to their initial vaccine series.

 

JOHNSON & JOHNSON

  • When: 2 months after receiving your last dose
  • What: A booster shot, which is a full-dose of the original vaccine
  • Who: Anyone age 18 and older

In addition, the CDC recommendations allow for “mixing and matching,” meaning individuals have a choice to receive a different vaccine as a booster than what they originally received. More information is expected to be released soon about what cases mixing and matching may be recommended. 

 

“Vaccination against COVID-19 is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community,” Dr. Comstock said. “COVID-19 vaccines are widely available for free at convenient locations across our county. We urge you — if you are not yet vaccinated or haven’t gotten all necessary doses, please do so as soon as possible. No one else needs to become severely ill or die from this virus – we now have the tools necessary to fight back. Jeffco has been a leader here in Colorado in terms of vaccination coverage but that success has now stalled. If you have a loved one or friend who is not yet vaccinated please encourage them to protect themselves by getting vaccinated.”

 

If you are eligible for a booster, you can access one for free at many locations across the county. To find a COVID-19 vaccine near you, please visit www.jeffco.us/vaccinesignup

 

About Jefferson County Public Health 

Public health is what we do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is a nationally accredited health department committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan for all people through prevention, education and partnerships. To learn more about JCPH visit https://www.jeffco.us/public-health. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH, Instagram @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.

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