AUCC Recommends Getting COVID-19 Booster Shots

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Who Is Eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot?

  • People aged 65 years and older may get a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster shot
  • Residents aged 18 years and older of long-term care settings may get a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster shot
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may get a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster shot
  • People aged 18–64 years at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may get a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster
  • People aged 18 years and older who received Johnson & Johnson may get a booster

What underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure?

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney, liver or lung disease
  • Stroke or cerebrovascular disease; Neurological conditions
  • Diabetes (type 1 or type 2)
  • Heart conditions; Organ transplant
  • Immunocompromised, HIV infection
  • Overweight and Obesity
  • Sickle cell disease, Thalassemia or Tuberculosis

What occupations are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure?

  • First responders (healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
  • Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
  • Food and agriculture workers
  • Grocery store workers
  • Public transit workers
  • S. Postal Service workers
  • Corrections workers
  • Manufacturing workers

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I get a booster shot?

At least 6 months after your second shot of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna or at least 2 months after your second shot Johnson & Johnson

What are the risks to getting a booster shot?

Similar to the 2-shot or single-dose initial series fever, headache, fatigue and pain at the injection site were the most commonly reported side effects. However, as with the 2-shot or single-dose initial series, serious side effects are rare, but may occur.

If we need a booster shot, does that mean that the vaccines aren’t working?

COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, However public health experts are starting to see reduced protection, especially among certain populations

Am I still considered “fully vaccinated” if I don’t get a booster shot?

Yes. Everyone is still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-shot series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the J&J/Janssen vaccine.

Can I Mix and Match the COVID-19 Booster dose?

The FDA authorized the use of mix and match booster dose for FDA-authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccines. For example, J&J COVID-19 Vaccine recipients may receive a single booster dose of J&J, Moderna or Pfizer at least two months after receiving their J&J COVID-19 primary vaccination. Moderna or Pfizer recipients must wait six months after receiving their J&J COVID-19 primary vaccination

How to find a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Students call AUCC Student Health and Wellness Center at (404) 756-124. Employees call Morehouse Healthcare (404) 754-1000.  To find locations near you search vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233

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