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October 24, 2021

Eligible Residents Can Boost Their Immune System with a Third COVID-19 Vaccine Shot

Starting Monday, October 25, 2021, Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson booster shots will be available for St. Louis County residents who meet certain criteria.

The Delta variant of COVID-19 has contributed to an exponential rise in cases. With a significant portion of our local population still unvaccinated, the virus will continue to mutate and create even more infectious variants. That’s why St. Louis County is encouraging residents to follow the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendation to give a booster dose to eligible recipients 18 years or older.

This booster dose will help protect against more infectious variants like Delta and ensure our county’s health is protected from rising cases.

As is common with most vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine’s protection can wane over time. That doesn’t mean the shots never worked; rather, a booster has the option to provide increased protection for those who could experience severe illness if infected.

Who’s eligible for a booster shot?

For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at least six months after their initial series:

For individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago, booster shots are recommended for anyone 18 and older.

These groups SHOULD receive a booster shot

These groups MAY receive a booster shot

  • 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

DPH offers the following at COVID/flu vaccine clinics:

  • Pfizer, Moderna and J&J primary vaccine or 2-dose series
  • Pfizer and Moderna 3-dose series for those who are severely immunocompromised
  • Pfizer, Moderna and J&J boosters (at 6 months for primary recipients of Pfizer and Moderate and at 2 months for primary recipients of J&J)
  • Mix and match patient choice for boosters
  • Flu vaccines for patients 6 months and older

Vaccines are still sufficiently protective for most healthy people who do not have underlying medical conditions or who do not have high risk of occupational exposure, so boosters are not recommended for the general population at this time.

If you’ve already been vaccinated with the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and fit into one of these groups, schedule your third booster shot TODAY.

Thank you for continuing to keep our St. Louis County community safe.