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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. By protecting ourselves as much as possible, we can end COVID together.

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Booster shots

Marylanders ages 12-17 are eligible for the Pfizer booster only. Marylanders 18 and older 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.

What did you get? When can you get a booster? Who is eligible for a booster?
Pfizer 5 months after 2nd dose All Marylanders 12 years and older
Moderna 5 months after 2nd dose All Marylanders 18 years and older
Johnson & Johnson 2 months after single dose All Marylanders 18 years and older

Additional eligibility information

The following Marylanders are currently eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot:

  • Marylanders 12+ who received their second Pfizer COVID-19 dose at least five months ago
  • Marylanders 18+ who received their second Moderna COVID-19 dose at least five months ago
  • Marylanders 18+ who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine two or more months ago

Note: Marylanders ages 12-17 are eligible for the Pfizer booster only. Marylanders 18 and older may choose which vaccine they want for a booster, even if it is different from the original vaccine received.

Boosters are strongly recommended for the following individuals as soon as possible:

  • Marylanders ages 65 and older
  • Marylanders ages 18 and older living in long-term care settings
  • Marylanders ages 18-64 with underlying medical conditions
  • Marylanders ages 18-64 working in settings that increase their risk for exposure to COVID-19:
    • First responders (police officers, firefighters, EMT)
    • Healthcare workers
    • Congregate care staff
    • Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
    • Food service workers
    • Agriculture workers
    • Manufacturing workers
    • Corrections workers
    • U.S. Postal Service workers
    • Public transit workers
    • Grocery store workers
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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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