COVID-19 booster information and guidance

COVID-19 booster information and guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved a booster dose of the Pfizer mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. The Ohio Department of Health has issued the following guidance:

  • People 65 years and older or residents in long-term care settings SHOULD receive a booster shot. 
  • People ages 50 to 64 with certain underlying medical conditions SHOULD receive a booster shot. 
  • People ages 18 to 49 with certain underlying medical conditions MAY receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks. The CDC has indicated that this is a determination made by the vaccine recipient, but those eligible are encouraged to talk to their healthcare providers if they have any questions.
  • People age 18 and older who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their job or living in an institutional setting MAY receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks. The CDC has indicated that this is a determination made by the vaccine recipient. This includes healthcare workers.

People who meet the above criteria would also need to have previously received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for their initial two doses. A booster dose may be given at least six months after the second dose is received.   

When will Cleveland Clinic begin offering Pfizer booster doses? 

We are working out the details of our booster program and will able to schedule patients next week. More information on scheduling and availability for patients and caregivers will be available in the coming days.    

What if I received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine? 

At this time, there are no booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine recommended for healthy individuals who have received two doses of the Moderna vaccine or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine. Additional guidance is expected within the coming weeks.   

What guidance already exists for individuals with compromised immune systems? 

The CDC and FDA have already approved third doses of both the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for certain patients with compromised immune systems who received their first two doses of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. These doses must be given at least 28 days after a patient’s second dose. Cleveland Clinic is currently offering these third doses to eligible immunocompromised patients.

In addition, we are still providing initial COVID-19 vaccinations for those who have not yet received them, as well as second doses to complete a primary mRNA series. We encourage everyone who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. 

The COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and others from severe illness and death from COVID-19.  

MyChart COVID-19 test scheduling for patients with a PCP

MyChart COVID-19 test scheduling for patients with a PCP

Due to a steady growth of COVID-19 as well as other respiratory illnesses in Ohio, we have experienced an increased demand for both symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 tests.

Individuals experiencing mild or non-urgent COVID-19 symptoms who would like to be tested through Cleveland Clinic, but do not have a Primary Care Provider (PCP) should see a provider who can order a test for them through an on-demand, online virtual visit.

Any patient with mild or non-urgent COVID-19 symptoms who have a Cleveland Clinic PCP, can now schedule a testing appointment online in MyChart without needing a virtual visit and provider order.

Additionally, if patients do not have symptoms but would still like to be tested for COVID-19 through Cleveland Clinic and have a Cleveland Clinic PCP, they can schedule a testing appointment directly through MyChart.   

Direct MyChart scheduling applies to patients three years of age and older. For children under three years of age, parents or guardians should contact their PCP office for triage and advice.

For more information on how to direct patients, when clinically appropriate, to alternate testing options outside of Cleveland Clinic, click here.

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