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November 22, 2021

COVID-19 booster shots now recommended for all adults

The Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration approved booster shots for anyone 18 and older.

As COVID-19 cases spike once again – including in our own community – this is welcome news in the fight against the virus. Booster shots help maintain a high degree of protection against COVID-19, especially as the holidays and cooler weather have us spending more time indoors with each other, and transmission of the virus continues.

Vaccines are powerful tools, but it’s common for their protection to decrease over time. We encourage all residents to get their flu and COVID-19 booster shots as soon as they are eligible for another dose. A booster dose of the vaccines will help to prevent a new COVID-19 diagnosis AND help to reduce the severity of illness, should you get the virus.

When boosters first rolled out, there were several eligibility restrictions. With this recent update, many of those restrictions are gone.

Here’s the most up-to-date booster shot guidelines:

  • St. Louis County DPH recommends all residents 18 years of age and older receive a booster dose if it has been:
    • 6 months or more since your last Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination, or
    • 2 months or more since your Johnson & Johnson vaccination
  • Vaccines are being offered at vaccination sites across the County, as well as at retail stores like CVS and Walgreens
  • The brand of booster you receive does not have to match the brand of the vaccine you originally received. For example, if your first two doses were produced by Pfizer, you can receive a Moderna or J&J vaccine as your booster
  • Vaccines remain FREE for everyone – including booster shots. When visiting a St. Louis County vaccination location, please bring your vaccination card with you

While booster shots are now recommended for all adults, DPH continues to strongly recommend the following groups prioritize getting a booster:

  • Residents in long-term care settings
  • People 50 through 64 years old with underlying medical conditions (such as chronic lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, pregnancy)
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions  (such as chronic lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, pregnancy)
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting

As the virus continues to threaten our community and the potential for new and more contagious variants looms, getting a booster shot is critical to ensuring we can get back to doing the things we love.

Don’t wait: Find a booster shot – or your first shot – in your neighborhood TODAY!

Visit our vaccine page to find Department of Public Health vaccine events across St. Louis County. Thanks for doing your part to keep our community safe.