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COVID-19 booster shots are now available.

The COVID-19 booster shot strengthens our defenses against COVID and its variants. With a booster shot, you can continue to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe. When it’s your turn, get the booster. By protecting ourselves as much as possible, we can end COVID together.

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Booster shots

Eligible Marylanders may choose which vaccine they want for a booster, even if it is different from the original vaccine received. Call 855-MDGOVAX or visit covidvax.maryland.gov to schedule your booster appointment.

First Booster Dose

Which primary vaccine series
did you complete?
You may get a
FIRST booster dose if:
If eligible, you may get a
FIRST booster dose of:
Pfizer-BioNTech It’s been at least 5 months since completing a primary series
AND you are age 5+*
Pfizer-BioNTech*
Moderna
Moderna It’s been at least 5 months since completing a primary series
AND you are age 18+
Moderna
Pfizer-BioNTech
Johnson & Johnson It’s been at least 2 months since completing the primary vaccination
AND you are age 18+
Pfizer-BioNTech
Moderna

*Only Pfizer-BioNTech can be used for booster doses in those ages 5 through 17.

**Novavax is not available as a booster dose for other people who have received other COVID vaccines. It is authorized as a primary vaccination series only for individuals 18 and older who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID.

NOTE: Children ages 5 to 11 who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should receive a booster three months after completing their primary series.

Second Booster Dose

Which primary vaccine series
did you complete?
You may get a
SECOND booster dose if:
If eligible, you may get a
SECOND booster dose of:
Pfizer-BioNTech It’s been at least 4 months since the first booster dose
AND you are age 50+
OR age 12+ with certain kinds of immunocompromise
Pfizer-BioNTech*
Moderna
Moderna It’s been at least 4 months since the first booster dose
AND you are age 50+
OR age 18+ with certain kinds of immunocompromise
Pfizer-BioNTech
Moderna
Johnson & Johnson It’s been at least 4 months since the first booster dose
AND you are age 50+
OR age 18+ with certain kinds of immunocompromise
Pfizer-BioNTech
Moderna

*Only Pfizer-BioNTech can be used for first and second booster doses in those ages 12 through 17.

**Novavax is not available as a booster dose for other people who have received other COVID vaccines. It is authorized as a primary vaccination series only for individuals 18 and older who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID.

NOTE: If you are age 18+ and got a primary dose and a first booster dose of Johnson & Johnson, you are currently eligible for a second booster dose of either Pfizer or Moderna only.

Any Marylander who presents to a provider that they are eligible for a booster dose is allowed to self-attest to eligibility. COVID-19 vaccine providers cannot turn away any individual who self-attests to eligibility for an additional dose or booster dose. Failure of an individual to “show proof” of eligibility may not be a reason that a provider does not administer an additional or booster dose.

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