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Booster doses now available for all three COVID-19 vaccine types for certain individuals

The Washington State Department of Health is expanding the use of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for certain individuals. Last month, health care providers began offering booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and now booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines can be administered to those who are eligible.
Snohomish County COVID-19 case rates as of October 16, 2021. Image courtesy of Snohomish County.

From an October 22, 2021, Washington State Department of Health press release.

The Washington State Department of Health is expanding the use of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for certain individuals following recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup.

Last month, health care providers began offering booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer) vaccine to certain individuals.

Since then, more than 345,000 additional doses (which is a combination of booster and third doses) have been given out across the state.

Now, providers can also offer booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to those who are eligible.

At least six months after completing the primary Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series, the following groups of people are eligible for a booster dose:

  • Those 65 and older,
  • Those 18 – 64 who live in long-term care settings,
  • Those 18 – 64 who have underlying medical conditions or those at increased risk of social inequities, and
  • Those 18 – 64 who work or live in high-risk settings.

At least two months after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, it is recommended that everyone 18 and older receive a booster dose.

Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson boosters are both full doses, while Moderna’s booster is a half dose.

“Vaccination continues to be the safest and most effective tool we have to prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. Getting the unvaccinated their first shots remains a priority,” said Secretary of Health Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH.

He went on to say, “A booster dose will further protect fully vaccinated individuals by increasing the vaccine’s effectiveness in their bodies, which otherwise may wane over time.”

According to the FDA and CDC, studies found “mixing and matching” boosters is safe and effective. This means your booster shot does not have to be the same COVID-19 vaccine type your primary vaccination was.

For example, someone who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can receive a booster dose of Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, or Moderna. Likewise, someone who received two doses of an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) can receive a Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson booster.

COVID-19 vaccines are proven to be safe and effective and are recommended for everyone 12 and older.

Currently, there is plenty of vaccine available across the state for everyone who needs a dose.

To find a vaccine near you, visit Vaccine Locator or call the COVID-19 Information Hotline at 833-VAX-HELP. Language assistance is available.

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