On November 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to expand eligibility of booster shots to include adults 18 years and older.
The CDC announced this along with interim clinical considerations that provide information to healthcare professionals and public health officials on the use of COVID-19 vaccines, which include conditions of use as well as storage, handling and administration procedures.
The new guidelines for the use of COVID-19 booster shots are as follows:
- Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine: A single booster dose may be administered at least 2 months after receiving the first shot from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and are 18 years old and up.
- Moderna & Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: Individuals ages 18 years and older that completed their primary series of shots (2 doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine) at least six months ago may be administered a single booster shot.
Counties are critical in the administration of COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. As the first responders to public health emergencies, counties have supported over 195 million vaccinations in the U.S. to date. See NACo’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Toolkit to learn more about how counties and local health facilities have been allocating vaccines to Americans throughout the country.
- NACo Brief: The County Role in Vaccines
- CDC Resource Page: COVID-19 Booster Shots
- NACo Blog CDC authorizes COVID-19 vaccines for children 5-11 in age