COVID-19 Pfizer booster: who, when, where, how?

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.

Who can schedule a Pfizer booster?

The Ohio Department of Health has issued the following guidance for COVID-19 Pfizer boosters:

  • 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.

How long do I wait between my second Pfizer dose and the Pfizer booster?

A booster dose may be given at least six months after the second dose is received.

How do I schedule a Pfizer booster?

Patients and caregivers who are eligible can schedule their Pfizer booster through MyChart or by calling 216.448.4117 at any of our vaccination locations. Our schedulers are available Tuesday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Click here to view instructions on how to schedule a Pfizer booster in MyChart.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

Caregivers and patients must bring proof of their previous COVID-19 vaccinations. Remember, COVID-19 vaccine information is available for patients in MyChart. Learn how to access your information here.

Will there be an option to receive my Pfizer booster on main campus?

Yes. Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 5, caregivers will be able to receive the Pfizer booster on main campus at the tent stationed between E. 89th Street and Bunts Auditorium. Please note this is the same location as the flu tent, but caregivers will only be able to receive the Pfizer booster dose as of Oct. 5. The tent will be open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary, walk-ins will be welcome.

Is a booster dose different than a third dose for people with compromised immune systems?

Yes. A booster dose is given at least six months following the second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. For people with compromised immune systems, the third dose must be given at least 28 days after a patient’s second dose. The dose of Pfizer vaccine administered is the same. The only difference is the appropriate timing of administration. Read guidance on third dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for immunosuppressed here.

Can I receive a Pfizer booster if I originally received a Moderna or J&J 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.   

The COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and others from severe illness and death from COVID-19.  We encourage everyone who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.