COVID-19 VACCINE BOOSTER DOSES
As of January 2022,
West Virginians ages 12 and older are recommended to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose when due.
WHAT IS A COVID-19 VACCINE BOOSTER?
A "booster" is another dose of a vaccine given to increase (or “boost”) immunity when needed. The booster dose is not the same as an additional primary dose of a COVID-19 vaccine that is recommended for those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised (additional primary doses are now recommended to eligible individuals ages 5+.).
Learn more about booster doses here:
Learn more about additional primary doses here:
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A BOOSTER?
West Virginians ages 12 and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses. At this time, booster doses are not recommended for anyone under age 12. Booster shots are available for those who are:
• Age 12+ and got their
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine doses at least 5 months ago, or
• Age 18+ and got their
Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses at least 5 months ago, or
• Age 18+ and got the
Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least
2 months ago.
At this time, Pfizer is the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for 12-17 year-olds.
Those 18+ can get any type of COVID-19 vaccine (J&J, Pfizer, or Moderna) as a booster, even if they had a different type of COVID-19 vaccine previously, but mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) are preferred.
For more booster information, visit:
WHERE ARE BOOSTERS OFFERED?
COVID-19 vaccines 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;
here to see a list of upcoming
community vaccination clinics;
for more information about 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.
CAN ANY TYPE OF COVID-19 VACCINE AUTHORIZED IN THE U.S. BE USED FOR A BOOSTER DOSE?
Yes. West Virginians who are eligible are recommended to get any type of COVID-19 vaccine (J&J, Pfizer, or Moderna) as a booster, even if they had a different type of COVID-19 vaccine previously, although an mRNA (Pfizer and Moderna) vaccine is preferred.
CAN A BOOSTER DOSE BE GIVEN AT THE SAME TIME AS OTHER VACCINES, SUCH AS THE FLU SHOT?
Yes. Individuals can get a COVID-19 vaccine at and around the same time as other vaccines.
CAN COVID-19 VACCINE CARDS BE REPLACED IF LOST?
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.