Boosters

​COVID-19 VACCINE BOOSTER SHOTS​

West Virginians ages 6 months and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. To stay up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccination for maximum protection against COVID-19:

  • First, all individuals ages 6 months and older need a primary series (this is the initial set of shots that teaches the body to recognize and fight the virus). 

  • Next, some children ages 6 months to 5 years, and most ages 5 years and up need to get boosted with one Omicron (bivalent) booster shot when due (boosters help the body restore immunity when protection from the primary series starts to fade).


For a simplified way to find out when to get a COVID-19 shot: 

All West Virginians are encouraged to use the COVID-19 Vaccination Due Date Calculator (CVDD) by scrolling down at vaccinate.wv.gov. The CVDD Calculator is a free, online tool that can quickly help anyone figure out when they are due for a COVID-19 shot. West Virginians can also contact the 24/7 WV COVID-19 Hotline by calling 1-800-887-4304 to learn when they are due or ask other COVID-19 vaccination questions.

*Note: For primary series vaccination for most people, original (monovalent) mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (i.e., Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech) and the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine are recommended. For booster vaccination, Omicron (bivalent) mRNA vaccines are recommended when an individual is eligible, and Novavax should only be used in certain limited situations. Johnson & Johnson vaccination should only be used in limited situations. Updated Omicron (bivalent) vaccine eligibility can vary for ages 6 months to 5 years – for more information, talk to a healthcare provider or visit the links below. 


WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A COVID-19 BOOSTER SHOT?

West Virginians ages 5 and older and some ages 6 months to 5 years* are eligible for an updated Omicron booster shot when due (see links below or the Due Date Calculator at vaccinate.wv.gov​ for specific timeframes based on age and other factors).

Note: Certain immunocompromised people need an "additional primary dose" (another shot in the primary series) before getting boosted. 

* Updated Omicron (bivalent) vaccine eligibility can vary for ages 6 months to 5 years based on the child’s age and primary series vaccine type (Pfizer or Moderna).   


HOW CAN SOMEONE FIND OUT WHEN THEY ARE DUE FOR BOOSTER SHOT?

To know when they are eligible and due for a booster shot (or any COVID-19 shot), West Virginians are encouraged to use the WV COVID-19 Vaccination Due Date Calculator by scrolling down at vaccinate.wv.gov.   

The CVDD Calculator is a free online tool that helps anyone figure out when they may become due for a COVID-19 shot, and what type of COVID-19 shot they are eligible to get, making it easier to stay up-to-date on vaccination. 

All West Virginians should check the calculator periodically, as guidelines for COVID-19 booster shots may change over time. West Virginians are encouraged to seek the advice of a healthcare professional for any medical questions or needs.  


WHEN IS SOMEONE "UP-TO-DATE"? 

West Virginians are up to date with COVID-19 vaccination when they have gotten all the doses in the primary series and are boosted as recommended to them when eligible.

See above and below for more information on primary series, booster shots, and how to use the COVID-19 Vaccination Due Date Calculator to simplify the process of staying up-to-date.  ​


WHERE ARE BOOSTERS OFFERED? 

COVID-19 shots are readily available in West Virginia. There are several ways to get one: 

•    Contact a healthcare provider to see if they carry COVID-19 vaccines; 
•    Click here to see a list of local health departments and free clinic locations; 
•    Visit vaccines.gov to search by zip code for vaccination locations across the state and to schedule an appointment;
•    Call the WV COVID-19 Vaccine Info Line at 1-833-734-0965 (M-F 8am-6pm, Sat. 9am-5pm) for assistance finding a location. 

Those caring for someone who is homebound and seeking vaccination can call the WV COVID-19 Vaccine Info Line to make arrangements. 

​​IS IT OK TO GET A COVID-19 SHOT AT THE SAME TIME AS OTHER VACCINES?

Yes. Individuals can get a COVID-19 vaccine at and around the same time as other vaccines, such as a flu shot or other immunizations. In fact, it is considered a best practice.

CAN LOST COVID-19 VACCINATION CARDS BE REPLACED? 

Yes. When you are vaccinated, you will receive a COVID-19 vaccination record card. Bring this card with you to any other COVID-19 vaccine appointments. 
 
West Virginians who lost their COVID-19 vaccine card can request a replacement by completing this online form.


MORE INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 & COVID-19 SHOTS:​ 



​​​​​​Updated December 15, 2022