(NEXSTAR) – Now that COVID-19 booster shots are widely available, many have wondered if the definition of “fully vaccinated” has changed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you are considered fully immunized two weeks after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
That definition won’t change anytime soon, according to US health officials.
“Individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if they have received their primary series of shots,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on Wednesday. “That definition has not changed.”
Instead, Walensky encourages people to “update on the additional doses they’re eligible for.” The CDC added new information to its website on Wednesday, providing details on how to update your vaccines.
Everyone 5 years of age and older is now eligible to receive a primary series of COVID-19 vaccines – two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson. For children 5 to 17 years of age, only the two-dose Pfizer vaccine has been approved for use.
These are the people who should get additional injections, According to CDC:
- All adults 18 years and older
- Teenagers 16-17 years old (Pfizer only)
Which vaccine you get for the main series affects how long you can get your booster shot. For those already receiving Pfizer, you are eligible for a booster shot at least five months after completing your two-dose series. For those who already got Moderna, you have to wait at least six months to get a booster. If you’ve had a Johnson & Johnson shot, you should get a booster shot in two months.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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