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UPDATE, 10-22-2021: The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and health districts throughout Georgia will begin offering booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID vaccine Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, pending guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These boosters are in addition to previously approved booster doses of Pfizer vaccine. Click HERE to see the Georgia DPH announcement.
For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial 2-dose series:
- 65 years 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 setting
For people who received the J&J COVID vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.
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’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.
COVID-19 vaccines are available at our Public Health Departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties on a walk-in, no appointment needed basis. However, not all types of vaccine will be available at all sites at all times; therefore, it is best to call and check ahead if you have a vaccine preference. Click on your county name above to find all contact information.
Learn more from the CDC at https://bit.ly/3mrK4Z5.