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Second COVID-19 Booster Shots Now Available

elder receives vaccinationTo strengthen and extend protections against COVID-19, boosters are now available to all North Carolinians 12 and older. If you are eligible, you should get a booster now.

You can get a second booster if:

  • You are 50 or older and got your first booster shot at least FOUR months ago, or
  • You are 12 or older and have a compromised immune system, and got your first booster at least FOUR months ago, or
  • You received a total of two shots of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least four months ago.

Getting a second booster may be especially important for people over the age of 65 and those older than 50 with underlying health conditions that put them at high risk of severe disease.

You should get a booster if:

  • You are 12 or older, and
  • You received your second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine at least FIVE months ago, or
  • You received your Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least TWO months ago.

The CDC also recommends a third dose of Pfizer for children 5 to 11 who have compromised immune systems.

Children and teens ages 12 and up can only receive the Pfizer booster, and parental consent is required. Adults 18 or older can get any brand.

Get a booster anywhere COVID-19 vaccines are available. Booster doses are free for everyone. No insurance or doctor’s note is needed.

Adults 18 and older may receive any brand of COVID-19 vaccine for your booster shot. However, it is recommended that people get boosted with a mRNA vaccine – Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech, instead of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, unless they have a medical reason as to why they cannot receive an mRNA vaccine. NCDHHS encourages you to speak with a doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you have questions about what booster is right for you.

Additionally, anyone who received their first COVID-19 vaccines outside of the U.S. or in clinical trials with a brand not currently authorized can now receive a Pfizer booster shot when they are eligible.

Talk to a healthcare provider if you have questions. Visit MySpot.nc.gov or go to covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines/boosters.

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