Public Health prepares for expansion of COVID booster shots to include Moderna and J&J

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Moderna vaccine (PNC file photo)

DPHSS is preparing to integrate the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) newly authorized COVID-19 booster shots for Moderna and Johnson and Johnson/Jannsen into its vaccination campaign.

DPHSS officials and its US-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI) Immunization Advisor are communicating with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials for guidance on ACIP recommendations.

In the meantime, Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shots are still available for those who meet the current eligibility criteria. The following groups of people are eligible for a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech if they completed the Pfizer-BioNTech series (first two doses) and it has been 6 months or more since the second dose:

  • Anyone age 65 years and older

  • Anyone age 18 years and older with underlying medical conditions

  • Anyone 18 years and older with an elevated risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission due to their occupation (e.g. healthcare workers, law enforcement, fire, K-12 teachers and support staff, university faculty, daycare employees, food and agriculture workers, manufacturing workers, USPS workers, corrections workers, public transit workers, grocery store workers) or institutional settings