On Nov. 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the emergency authorization of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, authorizing a single booster dose for all individuals age 18 years and older following the completion of the primary vaccination series with any authorized COVID vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention subsequently issued updated booster guidance, recommending the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine booster for all adults, regardless of risk factors.
Adults 18 and older who received a Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for a booster shot at least six months after completion of their primary series. Note: The Moderna COVID-19 booster dose is half of the dose administered for the primary series.
For individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen single-dose vaccine, a booster is recommended for everyone who was vaccinated at least two months ago, regardless of risk factors. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
First and second doses and booster shots are available from UTMB by appointment. Schedule your COVID vaccine online at https://www.utmb.edu/covid-19/patients#vaccine.
Additional information on the Emergency Use Authorizations for each vaccine are available online:
Getting a booster dose at the recommended time can help increase protection against serious illness and hospitalization due to COVID-19. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of the virus in our region.