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COVID-19 infection risk is greater for those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised. Therefore, the CDC now recommends a 4th COVID-19 Vaccine dose (or a second booster) for immunocompromised individuals.

Those who are 12 years old and or older with moderately-to-severely-weakened immune systems should receive a total of four doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. These guidelines have been developed by the CDC due to the risk of infection and death in those who are moderately-to-severely immunocompromised.

Need help determining if you are eligible? The following information has been provided by the CDC.

Vaccines for Children Ages 5-11 Years Old

Fourth doses are not recommended for those who are between the ages of 5 and 11. The chart provided by the CDC shares information about correct dosing and timing.

Primary Series COVID-19 VaccineAge GroupNumber of Doses to Complete Primary Series and TimingBooster and Timing
Pfizer-BioNTech5-11 years old3 doses total:
2nd dose is given 3 weeks after 1st dose
3rd dose is given at least 4 weeks after the 2nd dose
No recommendation
Vaccines for Children Ages 5-11 Years Old Who Are Moderately-to-Severely Immunocompromised

Vaccines for those who are 12 years old and older

The information provided in the chart is sourced from “COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised People” by the CDC. Note that these recommendations are strictly for those who are moderately- to severely-immunocompromised and who are age 12 and older.

Primary Series COVID-19 VaccineAge GroupNumber of Doses to Complete Primary Series and TimingBooster and Timing
Pfizer-BioNTech12+ years3 doses:
2nd dose is given 3 weeks after 1st dose
3rd dose is given at least 4 weeks after 2nd dose
1 booster:
1 booster is given at least 3 months after 3rd dose
Moderna18+ years3 doses:
2nd dose is given 4 weeks after 1st dose
3rd dose is given at least 4 weeks after 2nd dose
1 booster:
1 booster is given at least 3 months after 3rd dose
Vaccines for Individuals 12 years old and older Who Are Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised

Criteria for Immunocompromised Inviduals Who Recieved J&J/Janssen Vaccine

Criteria for the COVID-19 is different for those who are immunocompromised and received the J&J/Janssen Vaccine. The CDC states, “people ages 18 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised and received the 1 dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine should get a second dose of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines). They should also receive a booster—for a total of 3 doses.”

Use the following information provided by the CDC to better understand which vaccines are needed.

Primary Series COVID-19 VaccineAge GroupNumber of Doses to Complete Primary Series and TimingBooster and Timing
J&J/Janssen18+ years2 doses:
1st dose J&J/Janssen
2nd dose Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) given at least 4 weeks after 1st dose
1 booster:
Either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) in most situations given at least 2 months after 2nd dose
Vaccines for Individuals 12 years old and older Who Are Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised

Find a COVID-19 vaccine or booster by searching vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.

COVID-19 Information

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