Oregon Health Authority expands eligibility for COVID-19 boosters; approves mix-and-match booster dose

Monday, October 25, 2021

On October 22, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced new guidelines recommending a booster dose of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Recipients of the Moderna vaccine may receive a booster six months after completing their primary vaccination series, and recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may receive a booster two months after receiving their first dose.

Eligibility for boosters was announced for the following groups: 

Moderna

  • 65 years of age and older.
  • 18 years and older at high risk of severe COVID-19 (Underlying conditions).
  • 18 years and older with frequent institutional or occupational exposure to COVID-19.
    • Including individuals in long term care settings.

Johnson & Johnson

  • 18 years or older who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“A booster will provide a meaningful amount of increased protection to many fully vaccinated people,” said Benton County Public Health administrator, April Holland. “Eligible individuals are encouraged to seek booster doses at medical offices and local pharmacies, any currently scheduled vaccination clinics, or by calling the COVID-19 Call Center at 541-766-6120.” 

Booster doses are free for all and no identification or proof of address is needed. Individuals do not have to live permanently in Oregon to receive this dose. To learn more about eligibility or upcoming vaccination opportunities, visit: https://www.co.benton.or.us/covid19/page/covid-19-vaccine.

Mixing and matching of COVID-19 vaccine brands now allowed for booster dose

In addition to the expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 booster, OHA has also approved mixing and matching of COVID-19 vaccine brands for booster dose. Once an individual has completed their primary vaccination series (two doses of either Pfizer or Moderna or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson), individuals may receive either the same or a different COVID-19 vaccine. Benton County Health recommends speaking to your medical provider to discuss options for a booster.