The CDC has authorized COVID-19 vaccination for people in many different situations. You can be vaccinated at First District within the following guidelines:
Primary (or initial) series
This is the vaccination process that provides protection for everyone age 5 and older.
The primary series consists of two doses of Pfizer at least 21 days apart or two doses of Moderna vaccine at least 28 days apart, or one dose of J&J/Janssen vaccine. Pfizer is the only vaccine is authorized for people 5 - 17 years old. First District offers all three authorized vaccines.
This is an extra dose of vaccine for people who have moderate to severely compromised immune systems, given 28 days after the initial series of either Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. The extra dose is given because people with poorly function immune systems don't build up as many antibodies after their primary series. The additional dose is intended to improve immunocompromised people’s response to their initial vaccine series. It is given to people who have
- Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
Booster doses are recommended for some groups of people:
Booster doses of Pfizer and Moderna are given six months after receiving the an initial series to people who fall within in these general guidelines:
- 65 or older; or
- has an underlying medical condition, including cancer, diabetes, Down syndrome, a heart condition, hypertension, overweight or obesity, pregnancy, history of smoking, and substance abuse disorder; or
- works in a high-risk setting, such as health care workers, first responders, education staff, food and agriculture workers, grocery store workers and other frontline essential workers; or
- lives in a high-risk setting; for example, long term care, correctional facilities and homeless shelters.
All Johnson & Johnson recipients age 18 and older should get a booster at least two months after their initial shot.
The CDC’s clinical guidance advises people to get the same booster as their initial vaccine, but allows people to mix and match (i.e. get a different COVID-19 booster than their initial vaccine) if they have a different preference.
A more detailed and comprehensive list can be found on the CDC page Who is Eligible for a COVID-19 Booster Shot?
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to bring proof of my underlying health condition or other qualifiers? No. By making an appointment for a booster dose, you are acknowledgng that you meet the guidelines.
Does this mean the primary series does not provide protection? No. The research shows good protection from all three approved vaccines, particularly from severe illness and death. There is evidence that the protection wanes over time, and the booster helps restore antibodies to a higher level.
How do I make an appointment for COVID vaccination? Visit our COVID-19 and Flu Vaccination scheduling page.