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

Individuals who have received their second Pfizer dose at least six months ago should strongly consider getting a booster shot. Based on the CDC recommendations on September 24th, the Pfizer 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.

Visit  https://bit.ly/3ujREXQ for more information about certain medical conditions.

How do I get a Pfizer booster dose?

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

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 do I get an additional dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine?

Community members with compromised immune systems are now able to schedule an appointment or walk up 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.

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 ensure that residents receive the same vaccine manufacturer for all doses in the series, and staff 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.

When will booster doses be available for the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines?

Millions of Americans are now eligible for booster shots, but there’s more guidance coming for others. Pfizer was the first vaccine to be authorized, and therefore its data on any waning effectiveness was also available first. Pfizer was the first vaccine to be authorized, and therefore its data on its ongoing effectiveness was also available first. Guidance is still forthcoming about boosters for the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines and the safety of mixing different vaccines.