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Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended expanded use of a booster dose of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. The action follows the agency’s previous recommendation expanding the use of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine booster doses. The Illinois Department of Public Health and the City of Evanston Health & Human Services Department fully support this recommendation.
According to the CDC, all three COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death, even in the midst of the widely circulating Delta variant.
Booster shots for those who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines
Individuals who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago and meet the criteria below are eligible for a booster shot:
— 65 and older
— Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
— Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
— Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
Booster shots for those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for a booster if they received the vaccine at least two months ago and are 18 or older.
Choosing your booster shot
Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC recommendations now allow for this type of “mix and match” dosing for booster shots.
People should talk to their healthcare provider about whether getting a booster dose is appropriate for them.
Scheduling your booster shot
Booster doses of all three COVID-19 vaccines are free and widely available at a variety of locations. Community members should visit vaccines.gov or call 1-800-232-0233 to find and schedule an appointment.
Individuals interested in receiving a Moderna or Johnson & Johnson booster dose from the City of Evanston should complete the City’s Vaccine Booster Survey. Those who complete the survey will be notified and have the opportunity to register for upcoming City of Evanston vaccination clinics. At this time, the city is not offering booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
For more information, visit cityofevanston.org/vaccine or call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 311 in Evanston.