COVID-19 Vaccine

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Who is eligible for a FIRST COVID booster vaccine (see second COVID booster vaccine information below)?

Anyone who is 12 years of age or older regardless of health conditions (those aged 12-17 must get a Pfizer booster)

Must have been 2 months since your J&J vaccine

Must have been 4 months since your Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series was COMPLETED

No requirements or restrictions based on health/immune status

 

First boosters in particular have been shown to significantly increase the body’s ability to fight off Covid infections.  It is strongly recommended that all eligible individuals receive a first booster 4-5 months after they complete their initial vaccine series. 

 

Who is eligible for a SECOND COVID booster vaccine?

 

Anyone 50 or older

Anyone 12 and older with underlying immunodeficiency who had their initial three dose series, then had a FIRST COVID booster 4 months after their initial series

Must have been 4 months since the FIRST COVID booster vaccine dose

Who is eligible for an extra dose because they are immunocompromised?

 

The CDC has authorized Pfizer and Moderna vaccine recipients for an extra dose if they have a health condition that severely weakens their immune system. 2.7% of the adult population and a small number of adolescents will qualify. These conditions include the following:

  • Organ transplant recipients

  • Current treatment for blood and lymph cancers (leukemias and lymphomas) and most

  • other types of cancers requiring chemotherapy

  • Stem cell transplant recipients

  • Advanced HIV infection

  • Active treatment with medications that weaken components of the immune system, including 20 or more milligrams/day of prednisone or comparable steroid medications, TNF blockers, and other medications that impair response of the immune system

  • Primary immunodeficiency diseases (e.g., DiGeorge, Wiskott-Aldrich syndromes)

  • Severe renal disease

Read more about the 3rd vaccination dose here.

Calvert County Health Department is currently offering Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson and Johnson. 

If you need help making an appointment, call 410-535-5400 extension 489.

If you need help getting copies of your vaccination record, register with https://myirmobile.com/

Moderna is a two-dose series with the second dose at least 28 days after the first; we recommend making an appointment for a second dose immediately after making a first dose appointment. It is currently only approved for ages 18 and up. Please note that while all Maryland residents 16 and older are eligible for vaccination, only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine's emergency use authorization includes ages 12 and up. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for 18 and older.

Pfizer is a two-dose series with the second dose at least 21 days after the first; we recommend making an appointment for a second dose immediately after making a first dose appointment. It is currently only approved for ages 12 and up. Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers
 

J&J is a single-dose vaccine. You can read about the updated EUA on J&J here  https://www.fda.gov/media/146305/download), and read Dr. Laurence Polsky’s post about J&J here https://www.calverthealth.org/healththreats/diseases/cvirus.html

 

Other vaccine providers: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/vaccine