HOUSTON — Millions more Americans can now get a COVID-19 vaccine booster, and those eligible can now choose a different company’s vaccine for that next shot.
At first, only Pfizer COVID-19 boosters were available to those 65 and older and/or younger adults who have health problems or a job or living conditions that put them at higher risk of severe illness or exposure to the coronavirus.
If you got Pfizer or Moderna shots at least six months ago, you're eligible for a booster if you're at least 18 years old. Teens 16-17 years old can also get a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine.
Anyone who got a J&J shot at least two months ago is also eligible. Click here for more info on booster recommendations by the CDC.
And in a bigger change, the government is allowing the flexibility of “mixing and matching" boosters regardless of which type people received first.
However, the CDC has endorsed a panel recommendation to get a booster of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines over Johnson & Johnson. They say the J&J booster can be considered in some situations. Click here for more info.
Where to get the booster shot in the Houston area
- Harris County Public Health -- Boosters are free for eligible residents. Pfizer boosters are the only ones available at this time. Appointments are recommended but not required. Click here to book an appointment and find a location. You can also call 832-927-8787.
- Memorial Hermann Hospital -- You can go to Memorial Hermann walk-in clinics to receive a booster of the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Just make sure you bring a photo ID and your COVID vaccination card with you. Keep in mind that some vaccines may not be available at some walk-in locations. All clinics will be closed on Friday, Dec 31 for New Year's Eve.
- Houston Methodist -- Click here to book an appointment to get a booster of the Pfizer vaccine.
- CVS Pharmacy -- Click here to book an appointment for a Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson booster shot.
- Walgreens -- Click here to book an appointment for a shot from Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.
To find other locations, you can search vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find booster providers near you.