Booster shots have been a hot topic in recent discussions about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but have been limited to higher risk groups in many jurisdictions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends booster shots to any vaccinated adult 65 or older. The CDC also recommends boosters for people 18 and older who live or work in long-term or high-risk settings or have underlying health conditions.
As of November 11, 2021, California expanded COVID vaccine booster eligibility to include all fully vaccinated adults, ages 18 and up.
As with the initial vaccine, COVID booster shots are free, regardless of insurance status. The timing to determine your eligibility for a booster depends on the type of vaccine you originally received:
Pfizer: at least 6 months after 2nd dose
Moderna: at least 6 months after 2nd dose
Johnson & Johnson: at least 2 months after single dose
Visit MyTurn.ca.gov, call 833-422-4255, or contact your local drugstore or pharmacy directly to make an appointment.