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Updated CDC Booster Recommendations
Following FDA’s regulatory action, CDC has updated its recommendations to allow certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the age of 50 who received an initial booster dose at least 4 months ago to be eligible for another mRNA booster to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19. We recommend that everyone that is eligible to receive a primary series of COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses when appropriate. For any questions if you should receive a 2nd booster, please consult with your medical provider.
- Got Questions About the COVID-19 Vaccine?
- Correct COVID-19 Vaccine Information Is Important for Everyone
Three COVID-19 vaccines are authorized or approved for use in the United States to prevent COVID-19. Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty®) and Moderna (Spikevax®) are preferred. You may get Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in some situations.
- Primary series in the general population
- People with moderate or severe immunocompromise
- Consistent with prior recommendations for people ages 12 years and older, CDC is recommending moderately or severely immunocompromised 5-11 year-olds receive an additional primary dose of vaccine 28 days after the second shot. At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for children 5-17 years of age.
Everyone ages 12 and older should get a booster shot:
- It's also reccomended that some individuals receive a second booster shot. Learn more about booster shots here.
Haven’t received your COVID-19 vaccine yet? Here’s what you should know:
- COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Millions of people in the US have benefitted from a vaccination regimen.
- COVID-19 vaccines are widely available to all Iowa residents ages 5 and older.
- The COVID-19 vaccine is 100% FREE.
- You do not need health insurance to receive your FREE shot.
- People ages 5-17 can receive the Pfizer vaccine. If you are 18 or older, you can have the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
- Many places offer walk-in vaccines. No appointment needed. Find vaccines close to you here.
- You can also make an appointment to get your vaccine at a time that’s right for you — this could be at your doctor’s office, a pharmacy, or even your neighborhood grocery store. (Find providers close to home here.)
- Getting your shot is quick and easy. Make a plan to get your vaccine while you pick up groceries. Your visit will last about 15 minutes, but the shot only takes seconds!
Need help scheduling your appointment?
- People who can’t make an appointment online can call 211 or (800) 244-7431 for help finding and scheduling a vaccine appointment. Translation services are available.
- Linn County LIFTS offers free rides to confirmed vaccination appointments in Linn County. To request a ride to a vaccination site, County residents with scheduled and confirmed vaccination appointments can contact LIFTS by phone at 319-892-5170 or by e-mail at [email protected] at least 24-hours in advance.
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