COVID-19 booster shots are now authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommended to specific groups of people by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Booster shots are administered after immunity has begun to naturally decrease after the original vaccination.
The CDC recommends the booster shot for those who are:
- 18 years or older and received the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago.
- 18 years or older and received both required doses of the Moderna vaccine at least six months ago
- 16 years or older and received both required doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least six months ago.
According to data from the CDC, 205,638,307 Americans had been fully vaccinated as of 6 a.m. EDT on December 29. This is equivalent to 61.9% of the country’s total population. In New Hampshire, 67.2% of 1,348,124 total citizens have been vaccinated, and 95% have received at least one dose.
COVID-19 vaccinations have been tested to be safe and effective for children 5 years of age and older. They reduce the risk of both spreading and getting the virus. Vaccination has also been proven to decrease the chances of becoming seriously ill even when they do get COVID-19.
Where can I get my vaccination or booster shot?
Many local pharmacies are now offering vaccinations, including Walgreens, CVS, and RiteAid. In addition, there will be a walk-in vaccine clinic outside of Flight Coffee on Sunday, January 2 from 2-6 pm, offering all shots, including the booster. Remember to bring your ID card!