Updated booster recommendations for adults

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Updated Booster Recommendations for Adults

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Minnesota Department of Health

November 19, 2021


Early this morning, the FDA authorized both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for use as a single booster dose for all people 18 years of age and older after completion of primary vaccination with any FDA-authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna’s and Pfizer-BioNTech’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) fact sheets for healthcare providers and for recipients and caregivers have been updated.

The ACIP voted today to recommend booster doses for those who completed an mRNA series at least 6 months ago.

  • Persons who should receive a booster:
    • Age 50 years and older
    • Age 18 years and older who reside in a long-term care facility
  • Persons who may receive a booster based on individual benefits and risks:
    • All other persons aged 18 years and older

And, as previously recommended, all those who got one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should get a booster dose of any product at least 2 months after their initial dose.

Providers serving long-term care facilities should continue to prioritize booster dose clinics in these settings due to waning immunity.

Allow patients to self-determine their need for a booster. Do not turn a patient away who is requesting a booster if:

  • The person is 18 years or older and received their primary series of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago.
  • The person is 18 years or older and received their Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 2 months ago.

Most importantly, do not miss any opportunity to vaccinate the unvaccinated.

Additional information will be included in the CDC: Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines in the next few days.

Thank you for your continued partnership and the critical role you play in keeping Minnesotans safe!

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