CDC approves booster doses for COVID-19 vaccine for all adults 18 years and older
Last Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joined the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in authorizing a single booster dose of the Moderna and Pfizer mRNA vaccines for all adults ages 18 and up.
older. Thanks to this recent promotion, individuals aged 18 and over who have completed their first COVID-19 vaccine series will be able to receive a booster shot at least six months after completing their first vaccine series.
The CDC had previously approved booster doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for all adults ages 18 and older, at least two months after their initial dose. CDC guidelines allow individuals to seek out a COVID-19 booster based on individual benefits and risks and to choose which type of vaccine booster to receive, allowing for vaccine mixing and matching depending on the timing of that vaccine and the recommendations for eligibility for booster doses.
The CDC says that all people age 50 and older, as well as people age 18 and older in long-term care facilities, should receive a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. People under the age of 18 are not eligible for a booster injection.
The booster dose provides additional protection against the virus, as immunity to COVID-19 vaccines wanes over time. The COVID-19 vaccines remain remarkably effective in reducing the risk of serious illness, hospitalization and death. Individuals must bring their COVID-19 vaccination card with them when they receive
their booster dose. COVID-19 vaccines are provided free of charge.
In connection with the Thanksgiving holiday, several COVID-19 vaccination sites will revise their opening hours. The Coconino County Health and Human Services (CCHHS) vaccination site at Flagstaff Mall, 4650 US Highway 89, will be open Wednesday, Nov. 24 and will continue to serve adults and children ages 5-17 at the clinics as follows on Wednesday and Friday. :
- Adults 18+: 11am – 1pm
- Children 5–17: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The site will be closed on Friday, November 26 due to the holiday, and will reopen on Wednesday, December 1.
For a vaccination location and information about holiday closures, visit: https://www.coconino.az.gov/2580/COVID-19-Vaccination-Locations.
CCHHS recommends the following precautions to reduce COVID-19 risk during the:
- Do not attend or host holiday gatherings if you have symptoms.
- Get vaccinated against COVID-19 if you qualify.
- Wear well-fitting masks over your nose and mouth if you are in indoor public areas if you are not fully vaccinated.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated indoor areas.
By following these recommendations, you can ensure a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving.