CDC recommends additional COVID-19 boosters for certain people

Federal health authorities authorized a second booster dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 50 years and older. The second booster may be given four months after the initial booster.

Additional booster for immunocompromised:

  • Second booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine are authorized for individuals 12 years and older who have a compromised immune system; and
  • Second booster doses of the Moderna vaccine are authorized for individuals 18 years and older who have a compromised immune system. 

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Data shows protection from COVID-19 vaccines decreases some over time. A second booster dose could help increase protection, particularly against severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. 

What if I received the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine?

Individuals who received the one-dose J&J vaccine are eligible to receive an initial booster of either J&J or an mRNA vaccine at least two months after their initial dose. Individuals 50 years old or older, or immunocompromised, can receive a second mRNA booster at least four months after their initial booster.  

How do I schedule my booster?

Eligible caregivers and patients can receive vaccinations at many previously scheduled primary and specialty care appointments. 

Individuals can also schedule booster appointments at our vaccine locations via MyChart or by calling 216.448.4117. Our schedulers are available Tuesday – Friday, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Caregivers can receive a Pfizer booster at Occupational Health locations in Ohio. Speak up if you are immunocompromised as Occupational Health will not ask a caregiver if they are immunosuppressed or immunocompromised.

Appointments may also be available at other locations in our community, including retail pharmacies.

Which vaccine does Cleveland Clinic have?

At this time, Cleveland Clinic locations in Ohio are currently offering Pfizer vaccines. We are not offering the Moderna or J&J vaccines.