The CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose, and for certain populations that are Non-Immunocompromised.
Immunocompromised includes people who have:
Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
Advanced or untreated HIV infection
Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.
Non Moderately or Severly Immunocompromised Individuals:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends booster shots for Non-Immunocompromised persons based on the below criteria for all three U.S. COVID-19 Vaccines (CLICK Here for CDC Press Release).
MODERNA & PFIZER Recipients
At this time those who received either MODERNA or PFIZER have been recommended for boosters 6 months after their initial series. Please see the following link to the full NC DHHS press release (English and Espanol).
Moderna/Pfizer Groups Considered for Boosters:
65 years or older;
18 years or older who:
live or work in a nursing home or long-term care facility;
have underlying medical conditions;
work in high-risk settings like healthcare workers, teachers and childcare providers or food workers; or,
live or work in
a place where many people live together
(for example, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, migrant farm housing, dormitories or other group living settings in colleges or universities).
Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) Recipients
The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 booster shot is recommended for individuals ages 18 and older who were vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago.
From NC DHHS, "Additionally, individuals are now able to receive any brand of the COVID-19 vaccine for their booster shot. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type they originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster. Limited preliminary evidence suggests that booster doses of one of the two mRNA vaccines — Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech — more effectively raise antibody levels than a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
NCDHHS encourages individuals to speak with a doctor, nurse or pharmacist if they have questions about what booster is right for them."