Booster and Third Dose

Updated 01/24/2022

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COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) recommend a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for everyone 12 years or older, for all authorized brands of the vaccine available in the United States. A booster is an additional dose of a vaccine given after the full series has been completed to increase the effectiveness of the vaccine.

If you received Pfizer

It is recommended that everyone 12 years or older receive a booster dose at least five (5) months after completing the primary vaccination series. Teens 12-17 years old must receive a Pfizer booster. Anyone 18 and older may choose to receive any brand of available COVID-19 vaccine authorized in the United States.

If you received Moderna

It is recommended that everyone 18 years or older receive a booster dose at least five (5) months after completing the primary vaccination series. You may choose any brand of available COVID-19 vaccine authorized in the United States for your booster.

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Booster

It is recommended that everyone 18 years or older receive a booster dose at least two (2) months after their initial dose. You may choose any brand of available COVID-19 vaccine authorized in the United States for your booster.

Choosing your COVID-19 booster dose

For those 18 years or older, you may choose any brand of available COVID-19 vaccine authorized in the United States for your booster. Some people will prefer to stick with their original vaccine type, while others may prefer their booster to be a different brand.


 

Third Dose for Immunocompromised Individuals

A third dose of Pfizer/Comirnaty or Moderna vaccine is now recommended for individuals 5 years old or older who have moderately to severely compromised immune systems. Individuals should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them. Learn more about this recommendation here

For more information about the difference between a booster shot and a third dose, please see this FAQ from the OHA.

Booster Dose for Immunocompromised Individuals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone age 12 and older, including people who are immunocompromised and received a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna, get a booster dose. People 12-17 years old are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Learn more at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-oha-booster-covid-19-vaccine.