Important update: Healthcare facilities
CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more
UPDATE
Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.
UPDATE
The White House announced that vaccines will be required for international travelers coming into the United States, with an effective date of November 8, 2021. For purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines. More information is available here.
UPDATE
Travel requirements to enter the United States are changing, starting November 8, 2021. More information is available here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

What You Need to Know

Choosing Your COVID-19 Booster

Three COVID-19 vaccines are used in the United States to prevent COVID-19. Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (COVID-19 mRNA vaccines) are preferred. You may get Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in some situations.

Who Can Get a Booster

Recommended
1 Booster

Learn when you should get your 1st booster below.

Recommended
2 Boosters

Learn when you should get your 2nd booster below.

Adults ages 18 years or older

Children and teens ages 12–17 years

Children ages 5–11 years

1 Although mRNA vaccines are preferred for the 1st booster, J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine may be considered in some situations.

2 You are also considered up to date if:

  • You have completed your primary series but are not yet eligible for a booster
  • You have received 1 booster but are not recommended to get a 2nd booster
  • You have received 1 booster but are not yet eligible for a 2nd booster

Stay up to date by getting recommended boosters when you are eligible.

Scheduling Your Boosters

It is never too late to get the added protection offered by COVID-19 boosters. If you need help scheduling a booster, contact the location that set up your previous appointment. If you need to get a booster in a location different from where you received your previous vaccination, there are several ways you can find a vaccine provider.

Find a COVID-19 vaccine or booster: Search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.