Boosters

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COVID-19 VACCINE BOOSTER SHOTS​

As of May 20, 2022, West Virginians ages 5 and older are recommended to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot when due. 


As of March 29, 2022, after receiving their primary series shots and an initial (first) booster shot, second booster shots of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) are now recommended at least four months after the first booster shot for people who are:

  • ages 50+ who are 4 months or more from receiving their first booster shot, and 

  • ages 12+ with serious and chronic health conditions that lead to being considered moderately to severely immunocompromised (see the list of included medications here: https://bit.ly/ModSevImmunocomp), as well as 

  • ages 18-49 who are not immunocompromised and who received their primary series shot and their booster shot using the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for both. 

WHAT IS A COVID-19 VACCINE BOOSTER? 

A "booster" is another shot given to increase (or “boost”) immunity when needed. The booster shot 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 recommended to eligible individuals ages 5+). 


WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A BOOSTER SHOT?


West Virginians ages 5 and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. 


To stay up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccination for protection against COVID-19:

  • First, all individuals ages 5+ need a primary series (these are the initial set of shots that teach the body to recognize and fight the virus). 

  • Next, those ages 5+ need to get boosted (booster shots help the body build or restore immunity when protection from the primary series starts to fade). 

    • Those ages 5+ are recommended to get a first booster shot

    • Some individuals, such as those ages 50+ and some others, also need a second booster shot to stay protected

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


For a simplified way to find whether you or someone in your care is due for a booster shot (or any COVID-19 shot), 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 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.


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


To determine 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. 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. 


All West Virginians should check the calculator periodically, as guidelines for COVID-19 booster shots may change over time. Use the calculator by scrolling down at vaccinate.wv.gov.   


West Virginians are encouraged to seek the advice of a healthcare professional for any medical questions or needs.  

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; 
•    Click here to see a list of local health departments and free clinic locations; 
•    Visit vaccines.gov 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. 

WHICH TYPE(S) OF COVID-19 VACCINES SHOULD BE USED FOR BOOSTER SHOTS IN THE U.S.? 

For the initial (first) COVID-19 booster shot, mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) are strongly preferred. For the second booster shot, mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) are the only recommended type. West Virginians can contact a healthcare provider with questions about what type of COVID-19 vaccine is best for their circumstances.

CAN COVID-19 VACCINATION 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.

CAN A BOOSTER SHOT 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.