CDC Authorizes Second COVID-19 Booster Dose for Older Adults and Immunocompromised Individuals

On March 29, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) action to authorize a second booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna COVID-19 mRNA vaccines for older people and certain immunocompromised individuals.

This action will now make a second booster dose of these vaccines available to other populations at higher risk for severe disease, hospitalization, and death. Emerging evidence suggests that a second booster dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine improves protection against severe COVID-19 and is not associated with new safety concerns.

The updated emergency use authorization (EUA) allows for the following:

  • A second booster dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for people over the age of 50 at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.
  • A second booster dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people 12 years of age and older with certain kinds of immunocompromise at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine. These are individuals who have undergone solid organ transplantation, or who are living with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise.
  • A second booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 years of age and older with certain kinds of immunocompromise at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine. These are individuals who have undergone solid organ transplantation, or who are living with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise.

In addition, adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months ago may now receive a second booster dose using either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine boosters are available through the Health Department on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 AM to 5PM and Fridays from 9AM to 6PM at the back of Liberty Square in Hurricane. The office address is 316 Putnam Village Drive, Hurricane, WV 25526. For questions, please call the Health Department at (304) 757-2541.

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Health Alert Network #193-03-30-2022