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Choosing Your COVID-19 Booster Shot

You may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot. Some people may prefer the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

 

Scheduling Your Booster Shot

Visit www.ochd.org for a schedule of upcoming clinic dates in Ocean County. The OCHD provides COVID and flu clinics at 3 fixed sites:

 

RWJ Barnabas Healthcare Arena/Toms River High School North, 1245 Old Freehold Rd, Toms River, NJ 08753 Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday – 10AM-3PM

 

Southern Regional Middle Schoo, l75 Cedar Bridge Rd, Manahawkin, NJ 08050Tuesday – 3PM-7PM & Saturday – 9AM-1PM

 

Ocean County Transportation Services Complex – Visiting Nurses Association2820 Ridgeway Blvd, Manchester Monday & Friday – 9AM-3PM

 

Pediatric Clinic – OCHD WIC Facility 175 Sunset Ave Toms River

Monday – 4PM-7PM

Southern Regional Middle Scool – Saturday 10AM-1PM

 

Approved or Authorized Vaccines

Below are the vaccines that are approved or authorized in the United States to prevent COVID-19:

Pfizer-BioNTech Moderna Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen

COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available for people ages 5 years and older.

 

All currently approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and reduce your risk of severe illness. CDC does not recommend one vaccine over another.

Pfizer-BioNTech [ 1 ]

Moderna [ 1 ]

 

Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen [ 1 ]

Ages Recommended5+ years old

Ages Recommended18+ years old

Ages Recommended18+ years old

 

Primary Series2 doses Given 3 weeks (21 days) apart [ 2 ]

Primary Series2 doses Given 4 weeks (28 days) apart [ 2 ]

J&J Primary Series1 dose

 

Booster DoseEveryone ages 18 years and older is eligible at least 6 months after the last dose in their primary series. Any of the three COVID-19 vaccines can be used for the booster dose.

Booster DoseEveryone ages 18 years and older is eligible at least 6 months after the last dose in their primary series. Any of the three COVID-19 vaccines can be used for the booster dose.

Booster Dose At least 2 months after the first dose for all people ages 18 years and older. Any of the three COVID-19 vaccines can be used for the booster dose.

 

When Fully Vaccinated2 weeks after 2nd dose

When Fully Vaccinated2 weeks after 2nd dose

When Fully Vaccinated2 weeks after 1st dose

 

  1. If you had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose or if you have a known (diagnosed) allergy to a COVID-19 vaccine ingredient, you should not get that vaccine. If you have been instructed not to get one type of COVID-19 vaccine, you may still be able to get another type. Learn more information for people with allergies.

 

  1. You should get your second shot as close to the recommended 3-week or 4-week interval as possible.

 

Additional Recommendations for Immunocompromised People

Additional primary dose: Moderately to severely immunocompromised people who are 12 years and older and received a Pfizer-BioNTech primary series or 18 years and older and received a Moderna primary series should receive an additional primary dose of the same vaccine at least 28 days after their second dose.

 

Booster dose: Moderately to severely immunocompromised people who are 18 years of age and older and received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna primary series are also eligible for a booster dose at least 6 months after their additional primary dose, using any of the three COVID-19 vaccines.

 

Immunocompromised people who received a J&J/Janssen vaccine are not recommended to receive an additional primary dose, but should receive a booster dose at least 2 months after their initial dose, using any of the three COVID-19 vaccines.

 

What to Expect during and after Your Booster Shot Appointment

Bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card to your booster shot appointment so your provider can fill in the information about your booster dose. If you did not receive a card at your first appointment, contact the vaccination site where you got your first shot or your state health department to find out how you can get a card.

 

You may experience side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. These are normal signs that your body is building protection against COVID-19.

 

Use v-safe to tell CDC about any side effects. If you enter your booster shot in your v-safe account, the system will send you daily health check-ins.

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