Effective 9/27/21

 

CDC Statement on Booster Recommendations

Notice from the CDC website regarding Booster shot recommendations with regards to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

As of September 27, 2021: CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation for a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in certain populations and also recommended a booster dose for those in high risk occupational and institutional settings. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization and CDC’s guidance for use are important steps forward as we work to stay ahead of the virus and keep Americans safe.

This updated interim guidance from CDC allows for millions of Americans who are at highest risk for COVID-19 to receive a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot to help increase their protection.

CDC recommends:

  • people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,

  • people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,

  • people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and

  • people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

Read the complete press release on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Website.

WHEN CAN YOU GET THE COVID-19 VACCINE?  

As of 02/27/21, the County of San Diego is only vaccinating people who live or work in San Diego County AND are in Phase 1A or Phase 1B (includes persons age 65 and older).

Please visit the San Diego County website for complete COVID-19 Vaccine Phases.

 

What is the difference between the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines?

Both vaccines are messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines. They both use lipid molecules to move the vaccine into the cell, but each company uses different lipids. In part due to the lipid ingredient choice, Pfizer’s vaccine requires a colder temperature for storage.

 

Vaccine Facts

Pfizer Fact Sheet & Additional Information
Moderna Fact Sheet & Additional Information