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Covid vaccine boosters are now available. Check your eligibility here

By Aswin Kumar

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorized extra doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines Thursday night with nearly 100 million people nationwide, now eligible for Covid booster shots.

The agency’s decision also allows fully immunized people to pair their boosters with doses from different manufacturers, following research from the National Institutes of Health that showed mixing and matching vaccines was safe and effective. On September 24, Pfizer and BioNTech’s boosters were widely approved for use in the United States.

Approximately 11.6 million people in the United States have already received their boosters, and the CDC’s approvals have made them available to tens of millions more. However, not everyone is eligible. Based on their first round of shots, the following people are eligible for additional doses in the United States:

Pfizer-BioNTech

According to data presented Thursday to the CDC’s advisory committee, more than 47 million Pfizer vaccine recipients who received both shots at least six months ago became eligible for a booster shot on Friday. This includes the following:

  • Aged 65 and older.
  • Anyone over the age of 18 who lives or works in a long-term care facility, homeless shelter, prison, or other congregate setting.
  • Front-line workers 18 and older who are at a higher risk of Covid exposure as a result of their job, such as first responders, teachers, supermarket employees, and mass transit employees.
  • All adults between the ages of 18 and 64 who have cancer, dementia, diabetes, heart disease, HIV, or another medical condition that increases their risk of Covid complications.
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Moderna

According to the CDC presentation, more than 39.1 million Moderna vaccine recipients who received both shots at least six months ago became eligible for a booster shot on Friday. Because the two companies use the same mRNA technology in their Covid vaccines, the CDC used the same criteria for Moderna recipients as Pfizer. They are as follows:

  • Aged 65 and older.
  • Anyone over the age of 18 who lives or works in a long-term care facility, homeless shelter, prison, or other congregate setting.
  • Anyone over the age of 18 who lives or works in a long-term care facility, homeless shelter, prison, or other congregate setting.
  • All adults between the ages of 18 and 64 who have cancer, dementia, diabetes, heart disease, HIV, or another medical condition that increases their risk of Covid complications.

Johnson & Johnson

The CDC changed its criteria for J&J’s one-shot Covid vaccine, making nearly 13 million people eligible as of Friday. This includes things like:

  • All adults who received the J&J Covid vaccine at least two months ago, rather than the six months required by Pfizer and Moderna.
  • All adult J&J recipients are eligible for a booster, even if they do not have underlying medical conditions, work in a profession, or live in an area where Covid is more prevalent.
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