Booster doses are available and recommended in Wyoming for anyone ages 12 and older who previously received two doses of a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of a Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine.
Booster doses are meant to help provide continued protection against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines continue to be safe and effective against COVID-19, including the variants, and protect very well against severe illness and hospitalization. Booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines remain available at no cost to the recipient.
Who Should Get Booster Doses?
- A single COVID-19 vaccine booster dose is recommended for persons ages 18 years or older who received a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 primary series at least five months ago.
- A single COVID-19 vaccine booster dose is recommended for youth and teens ages 12 and older who received a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine primary series at least five months ago.
- A single COVID-19 vaccine booster dose is recommended for persons ages 18 and older who received a Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine at least two months ago.
When Should People Get Booster Doses?
Boosters should be given at least five months after the second Pfizer or Moderna shot. Boosters for the Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) shot are available at least two months after the initial shot.
Do Booster Doses Need to Be the Same Type of Vaccine?
For adults 18 and over, a “mix and match” approach for booster doses is fine; people may receive COVID-19 booster doses produced by a different company than what they were given earlier. For example, those who previously received the one-dose Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine may choose a booster dose of either a Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. For youth and teens who are ages 12-17, only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized.
It’s been recommended that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems should receive an additional dose of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. All recipients of the Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for a booster dose at this time. There are some important differences between the current booster and additional dose recommendations. Additional doses are available at no cost.
Who Should Get An Additional Vaccine Dose?
People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them. Those who should consider an additional Pfizer or Moderna vaccine dose at this time include people who have:
- Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
What is the Timing for Additional Doses?
Additional doses can be administered 28 days or more after the second Pfizer or Moderna dose.