COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters and Third Dose Update
On Oct. 14–15, 2021, an expert panel advised the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize a booster dose of the Moderna vaccine for individuals who received their second dose of Moderna at least six months ago and meet the below criteria:
- Are 65 or older.
- Are 18 or older and have an underlying medical condition that could put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19.
- Are 18 or older and work in a location that puts them at high risk of exposure to COVID-19.
The advisory panel also recommended FDA authorization of a second dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 and older who received a first dose of J&J vaccine at least two months ago.
The next step is for the FDA to consider and decide whether they will follow the panel’s recommendations. Johns Hopkins Medicine is waiting for the FDA’s authorization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations before expanding the booster doses offered at JHM locations.
Johns Hopkins Medicine is only offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster to eligible patients and a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to patients with certain medical conditions associated with immunosuppression. Booster and third-dose appointments are limited.
3 Ways to Get Your Vaccine or Booster
(Vaccines available for individuals 12 and older. Boosters available for individuals 18 and older who meet specific criteria.)
Johns Hopkins Medicine requires all individuals to wear masks inside all our facilities.
In This Section
State and Local Vaccine Resources
Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine
- Booster Shots and Third Doses for COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to Know
- Breakthrough Infections: Coronavirus After Vaccination
- Full FDA Approval of a COVID-19 Vaccine: What You Should Know
- Coronavirus: One Year Commemoration
- Learn How Johns Hopkins Medicine Is Distributing the Vaccine
- What's Safe After Your COVID-19 Vaccine?
- Coronavirus, the COVID-19 Vaccine and Epilepsy: What You Need to Know
- COVID-19 Vaccine: What You Need to Know
- COVID-19 Vaccines: Infographic
- COVID-19 Vaccines: Infographic (Spanish)
- COVID-19 Vaccine: What Parents Need to Know
- Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe?
- The COVID-19 Vaccine and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know
- COVID-19 Vaccines: Myth Versus Fact
- COVID-19 Vaccines and People of Color
- COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: 12 Things You Need to Know
- A New, One-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine
- COVID-19 Vaccine: Can It Affect Your Mammogram Results?
- Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Pause: What You Need to Know
- Safety First for J&J Vaccine Pause
COVID-19 Vaccinations Begin Across Johns Hopkins Medicine
How Do We Know a COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Safe and Effective?
Why is it Important that I Consider Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine?
How Does Johns Hopkins Medicine Decide Which Vaccines to Distribute?
Demographics of the COVID-19 Vaccine Trials