COVID-19 Booster Vaccines Now Available for Additional Groups

Montgomery County health officials announced Friday that COVID-19 booster vaccines are now available for additional residents. Persons age 65 and older who received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine as well as those 18 and older with underlying medical conditions are now eligible for a booster.

The change is based on the CDC’s recommendations regarding COVID-19 booster vaccines.

The following groups are now eligible to schedule appointments through pharmacies, primary care physicians and County-sponsored clinics:

  • Residents age 65 and older (Pfizer recipients only, at least six months after their second dose).
  • Residents age 18 and older with underlying medical conditions (Pfizer recipients only, at least six months after their second dose).
  • Residents aged 18 – 64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission in their workplace. (Pfizer recipients only, at least six months after their second dose).
  • Residents with compromised immune systems (Pfizer or Moderna recipients, at least 28 days after their second dose).

Residents who fall into the eligible groups should be certain that it has been six months or more since their second vaccine by checking their vaccination card. Immunocompromised individuals are eligible for a booster vaccine 28 days after their second vaccine.

Only residents who received their second Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago are eligible for a booster at this time. The exception is residents with comprised immune systems who received the Moderna vaccine are eligible to receive a booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

Residents may make an appointment for a booster vaccine at a pharmacy, with their primary care physician or at a County-operated vaccination site that offers the Pfizer vaccine online at Maryland’s vaccine locator or by calling the COVID-19 call center at 240-777-2982 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. When making an appointment, residents will be required to self-certify underlying medical conditions and age.

Residents should bring their vaccination card and identification to their appointment. For anyone who can not locate their vaccination card, information on obtaining a copy of their record is available online here.

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