COVID-19 Vaccines for People Age 12 and Older
Last updated: November 22, 2021
CDC Guidance on COVID-19 Booster Shots
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released recommendations about who should and who may receive booster shots for the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
A booster shot is given at least six months after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months after the first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those who received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago should get a booster of any authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
Your booster shot does not have to be from the same manufacturer of your first and/or second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. For instance, if you got two doses of the Moderna vaccine in spring 2021, you could get a booster from Pfizer in the fall.
Review the information below to see if you should or may get a booster:
- People 65 years and older, and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot.
- People ages 50 to 64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot.
- People ages 18 to 49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot, based on their individual benefits and risks.
- People ages 18 to 64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot, based on their individual benefits and risks.
CDC Guidance on Third Doses
The CDC recommends a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for patients who:
- Have cancer and are receiving treatment
- Have had an organ transplant
- Underwent CAR-T-cell or stem cell transplant in the last two years
- Are taking medicine to suppress the immune system, such as high-dose corticosteroids or biologics that are immunosuppressive
- Have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency
- Have an advanced or untreated HIV infection
The third dose should be given at least 28 days after the second dose and should be the same mRNA vaccine as previously received. If you do not fall into any of the categories above, a third dose is not recommended at this time. However, you may qualify for a booster.
You do not have to come to Northwestern Medicine for a COVID-19 booster shot. You can choose from many locations in local communities. Use the following resources to find a location near you:
Getting a Vaccine at Northwestern Medicine
Immediate Care Centers
All Northwestern Medicine Immediate Care Centers except those in Mokena and Orland Park will offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination for:
- First, second and third doses
- Booster vaccinations
Vaccinations are offered Tuesday through Saturday. You do not need to be a patient of Northwestern Medicine to receive a vaccine at an Immediate Care Center. Please bring your vaccination record with you if you plan to get a booster vaccination.
Primary Care Sites
The two-dose Pfizer vaccine is available at select Northwestern Medicine Primary Care sites for:
- First, second and third doses
- NO booster vaccinations available
You must be a current Northwestern Medicine patient. You do not need to be a patient at the clinic where you get the vaccine.
Northwestern Medicine is committed to providing an inclusive environment for all. To support patients with disabilities, the following resources are available at our vaccination sites:
- Wheelchairs are available at the main entry areas of the hospital campus for your use. Our staff can also provide assistance upon request at arrival, such as sighted guide or wheelchair assist.
- To support effective communication, there are video remote interpreter devices, ClearMasks, sound amplifiers, magnifiers, large print materials, and writing tools available upon request at the check-in area.