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Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters and Third Doses

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Sept. 10, 2021 – Johns Hopkins Medicine is not offering COVID-19 booster appointments, at this time, to anyone other than patients with certain medical conditions that are associated with immunosuppression. 

On Sept. 8, 2021, the state of Maryland authorized a booster of the COVID-19 vaccine for individuals age 65 and older who are living in nursing homes, assisted living centers, residential treatment centers and group homes for people with disabilities. Individuals living in Maryland in eligible group home settings should contact their residential director for information about booster administration. At this time, Johns Hopkins Medicine is not offering COVID-19 booster appointments for these populations.

Johns Hopkins Medicine is reviewing Maryland’s decision, and we are waiting for clear authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the use of booster doses in people other than third doses for those who are immunosuppressed. We will update our website as we receive information.

Washington, D.C., and the state of Florida have not made formal announcements about booster access beyond those who are immunosuppressed.

The FDA has authorized a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for people who received either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines and have a qualifying medical condition, as defined by the CDC. Our vaccination clinics are currently authorized to administer third doses only to individuals who are moderately or severely immunosuppressed. Eligible individuals can read more about how to get a COVID-19 third dose from Johns Hopkins Medicine or at a local or state site.

3 Ways to Get Your Vaccine

(Individuals 12 and older)

Visit a walk-up or mobile vaccination clinic – no appointments necessary.

Find state and local vaccine resourcesSome vaccination sites offer walk-up vaccinations.

Schedule your vaccine through MyChart.
For patients only. View scheduling instructions.


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Johns Hopkins Medicine requires all individuals to wear masks inside all our facilities.


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