A new Pfizer-BioNtech booster recommendation for those 65 and older and other groups

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccine to be given six months after completion of the initial COVID-19 vaccination series for the following groups:

  • People ages 65 and older
  • People ages 18 through 64 at high risk of severe COVID-19
  • People ages 18 through 64 with frequent institutional or occupational exposure to COVID-19, including health care workers, teachers and child care staff, grocery workers and those in homeless shelters or prisons
  • Patients in long-term care facilities
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Janssen/Johnson & Johnson booster

The Janssen/Johnson& Johnson booster vaccine is recommended for people age 18 and older starting two months after completion of the primary Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

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Vaccine brands and booster vaccination

Current recommendations are that the booster vaccine be the same brand you received for your initial vaccine series. However, Mayo Clinic supports the mix-and-match strategy approved by the FDA in cases:

  • Where a provider or patient feels a different vaccine brand would be more appropriate
  • Where there are concerns about the side effect profile of a particular brand
  • Where the vaccine brand used for the initial vaccine series is not available
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Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine receives full approval from FDA

After a full review of the scientific data, the Food and Drug administration (FDA) has provided full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for those 16 years of age and older. It is no longer under emergency use authorization for adults. It is also still available for those aged 12 to 16 under the emergency use authorization and is now available to children ages 5 through 11.

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COVID-19 vaccines are your best protection and easy to find

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and widely available in the state of Arizona.

Being vaccinated is your most important personal protection against serious outcomes of COVID-19. If you have not already received your initial vaccine series, Mayo Clinic recommends that you protect yourself and others by getting the vaccine right away.

The Maricopa County and state of Arizona health departments can point you to a close and convenient vaccination site. Adults age 18 and older are eligible for all vaccines. Children 12 years of age and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

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