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Who Should Receive the COVID-19 Booster Shot?

By December 15, 2021No Comments

• People age 16 years and older who received Pfizer-BioNTech and those 18 and older who received Moderna COVID-19 vaccines should get a booster six months after completing the initial vaccination series.

• All people ages 18 or older who received a single dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine, should receive a second shot at least two months after the first shot.

• Individuals who received Janssen (J&J) may receive a Pfizer or Moderna booster as the second shot, if desired.

Other Important Considerations

• In general, the same vaccine product that was used for the primary series should be used for the booster, but people may choose a different vaccine for the booster dose if desired.

• You may want to discuss your individual risks and benefits with your health care provider.

• Vaccine “mix and match” may be considered for the booster dose only.

• For people who are immunocompromised, all doses (first 2 and additional 3rd dose) should be with the same vaccine product.

• For non-immunocompromised people, you may want to consider your individual risks and benefits and/or discuss with your health care provider to decide which booster product to use.

Ready to Get a Booster Dose?

Get a shot by:
• Visiting to see the locations offering the COVID-19 vaccine.
• Calling DHEC’s Vaccine Information Line at 1-866-365-8110 for help.