New data shows that vaccine protection wanes over time. As such, U.S. health officials on Aug. 18, 2021, advised that individuals who receive the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine get a booster shot eight months after their second shot. Booster shots are expected to be available on Sept. 20 and will most likely be given first to nursing home residents, health care workers and emergency workers.
The CDC is also recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive a booster shot. This includes cancer patients, those who have received organ or bone marrow transplants, people who have immune deficiency, and people with advanced or untreated HIV infection. For more information regarding COVID-19 vaccines, visit the CDC’s web page
While individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will likely need booster shots, officials are awaiting more data before making a formal recommendation.