Millions of people in the United States are entitled to a booster vaccination against the coronavirus, but the confusing regulatory process can make it difficult to figure out if you are one of them.
Now that most adults in the US are vaccinated and children under the age of 12 are likely to be eligible soon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has started recommending a booster dose for high-risk adults to help boost the ability of the immune system to fight off the coronavirus and protect yourself from its most serious effects.
Whether the CDC recommends you depends on your age, health, living situation, job, the time of the original vaccination, and the vaccine you received. Not every jurisdiction or health care provider follows the CDC recommendations, so some may use different criteria to determine who can and should receive a booster vaccination.
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Start here to find out if you qualify for a booster under the CDC
If you are not eligible now, you can do so soon.
So far, the only booster the Food and Drug Administration has approved in the United States is a dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, but an FDA advisory panel has recommended that Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters also be approved. Much remains to be decided, including whether a booster should be the same type of vaccine a person was originally given. For example, data suggests that Johnson & Johnson recipients might get more benefit from a Moderna or Pfizer booster.
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Boosters will likely be available for additional groups in the coming months, and we’ll update this calculator as soon as the CDC announces new eligible groups.
– Track vaccinations, state by state
– Tracking cases and deaths in the US
– What we know about vaccines for children under 12 years of age
– Cases and deaths worldwide
Grace Moon contributed to this report.