On September 26, Kaiser Permanente informs the public that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines for certain groups.
Moderna: For people who received two doses of the Moderna vaccine at least six months ago, the committee recommended a booster dose for:
- People 65 or older
- People 50 through 64 with certain medical conditions
- People 18 or older who live in long-term care settings
The committee also said that the following groups may choose to get a booster after considering individual risk in consultation with a medical provider:
- People 18 to 49 years with certain medical conditions
- People 18 or older who live or work in high-risk settings
Johnson & Johnson: The committee recommended a booster for all people 18 or older who received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago.
While we wait for final guidance, the CDC has indicated that it will allow for “mixing and matching” COVID-19 vaccine booster doses. This means people would be able to get a booster shot of the vaccine brand they originally received, or a booster of a different vaccine brand.
Online scheduling of booster appointments is available as of today for Moderna recipients and will be available beginning tomorrow for Johnson and Johnson recipients. People who received Pfizer and meet the eligibility criteria for a booster are already able to schedule online.