COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters and Third Dose Update
Sept 19, 2021 – Johns Hopkins Medicine is not offering COVID-19 booster appointments to anyone other than patients with certain medical conditions that are associated with immunosuppression.
On Sept. 17, 2021, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel voted to recommend COVID-19 booster doses for individuals who received a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago and meet one of the below requirements:
Are age 65 or older
Are at high risk of severe COVID-19
We are waiting for authorization from the FDA and updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) before we offer boosters to these patients. We are also waiting for more details as to who the CDC considers to be at high risk of severe disease.
The FDA previously authorized a third dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for those who have certain medical conditions that lead to severe immunosuppression. Our vaccination clinics are administering third doses to individuals who meet the immunosuppression criteria included in the existing CDC recommendation.
We encourage all eligible individuals to receive an initial COVID-19 vaccination if they have not already done so. Eligible individuals can read more about how to get a COVID-19 vaccination from local and state sites.
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(Individuals 12 and older)
Johns Hopkins Medicine requires all individuals to wear masks inside all our facilities.
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