Jan. 7, 2022
Boosters Update

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended the COVID-19 Pfizer booster for children ages 12 to 15 years old. COVID-19 infections have skyrocketed to a seven-day daily average of more than 480,000 cases per day in the United States, and the number of children being hospitalized across the country is increasing. Getting a booster helps strengthen and extend protections against COVID-19.

  • Children 12 and up who received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can receive the Pfizer booster five months after their second dose. Parental consent is required.
  • Adults 18 and older can receive any brand of COVID-19 vaccine for their booster shot.
  • The CDC also recommends a third dose of Pfizer for children ages 5 to 11 who are immunocompromised.

In addition, the wait time for boosters for anyone who received Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations has been reduced from six months to five months.

  • People who received the two doses of the Moderna vaccine should receive their booster in six months.
  • People who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should receive their booster two months after their vaccination.

It is important to get your booster as soon as you are eligible to strengthen your protection.

Isolation and Quarantine Guidance

The CDC also updated its guidance for isolation and quarantine.

People with COVID-19 should isolate for at least 5 full days and wear a mask for an additional 5 days. Isolation separates people who are infected with virus from others, even in their home.

People exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine for 5 days and wear a mask for an additional 5 days. Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others. However, people who are exposed to COVID-19 do not need to quarantine if they are vaccinated – including a booster for adults – against COVID-19. Because North Carolina remains in the CDC’s red zone with high community transmission, all North Carolinians should wear a mask.

NCDHHS encourages you to speak with a doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you have questions about COVID-19 boosters. As with all COVID-19 vaccines, doses are free for everyone, even if they don’t have health insurance and regardless of their immigration status.

To find a COVID-19 booster, or for more information about COVID-19 vaccines in North Carolina, visit MySpot.nc.gov or call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center for free at 888-675-4567. Not all vaccines may be available at every vaccine location.

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