Boosters


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: https://bit.ly/COVID19vaxBooster
Learn more about additional primary doses here: https://bit.ly/C19AddlDose


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: https://bit.ly/COVID19vaxBooster.


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 upcoming community vaccination clinics;
•    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.
 

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.