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The Charles County Department of Health will now be providing COVID-19 booster vaccinations in accordance with authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Most residents who previously received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines may now be eligible for an additional dose/booster dose. Most prior Pfizer recipients continue to be eligible for a booster dose.

Who is currently eligible to get a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot?

The Charles County Department of Health will now be providing COVID-19 booster vaccinations in accordance with authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Most residents who previously received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines may now be eligible for an additional dose/booster dose. Most prior Pfizer recipients continue to be eligible for a booster dose.

Eligibility for individuals who received Pfizer or Moderna:

Individuals who have received their second Pfizer or Moderna dose at least six months ago should strongly consider getting a booster shot. Based on the CDC recommendations, the Pfizer or Moderna booster dose will be provided to the following:

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

Eligible medical conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Cancer
  • Cerebrovascular disease, such as stroke
  • Obesity
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Diabetes mellitus, type 1 and 2
  • Heart condition, such as heart failure, coronary arteries disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Pregnancy and recent pregnancy
  • Current or former smoker 
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions based on their individual benefits and risks
  • People aged 18–64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting based on their individual benefits and risks, such as workers in:
    • Healthcare settings
      • Law Enforcement/Corrections, Emergency Medical Services & Fire Rescue
      • Schools and childcare
      • Grocery stores, restaurants, retail

Eligibility for individuals who received a Johnson and Johnson Vaccine:

All persons who initially received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, who are aged 18 and older, and who received their dose at least 2 months ago.

How to get a Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson and Johnson booster dose?

Community members who are eligible for a booster dose are now able to schedule an appointment for any of the Charles County Department of Health’s vaccination clinics to receive a booster dose.

For more information or to make a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, please visit  https://charlescountycovid.org/vaccine-registration/ or call 301-609-6717.

Who is eligible to get an additional dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna Vaccine?

Included in CDC’s recommendation for third dose recipients are people with a range of conditions, such as recipients of organ or stem cell transplants, people with advanced or untreated HIV infection, active recipients of treatment for cancer, and people who are taking some medications that weaken the immune system, and others. A full list of conditions can be found on CDC’s website. The CDC does not recommend additional doses for any other population at this time, including for those who initially received the J&J/Janssen vaccine.

How to get an additional dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine?

Community members with compromised immune systems are now able to schedule an appointment to any of the Charles County Department of Health’s vaccination clinics to receive a third additional vaccine dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

Does my booster dose have to be the same type/brand as my first and second doses?

Eligible individuals do not have to receive the same type/brand of COVID-19 vaccine as their initial vaccination; each of the available COVID-19 vaccines may be “mixed and matched” for the additional/booster dose after completion of the primary vaccination.

The Charles County Department of Health will verify individual age and vaccine history at the time of vaccination (bring ID and vaccine record/card). Patients will affirm they are eligible during registration for appointments (documentation/proof will not be required during registration or at the vaccine site).

What do I need to bring with me to get my booster or third dose?

It is important that residents coming for a third additional dose or booster dose remember to bring their COVID-19 vaccination cards with them. This way, the health department can record the details of the third dose on the vaccine card.

If you have misplaced or lost your COVID-19 vaccination card, Maryland residents can log on to Md.myir.net to print/view their official vaccine record. Residents who need assistance with this process can call the Charles County COVID-19 hotline at 301-609-6717.

For more information or to make a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, please visit  https://charlescountycovid.org/vaccine-registration/ or call 301-609-6717.