HOUSTON — Millions more Americans can now get a COVID-19 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:
- 65 years and older
- Age 18+ who live in long-term care setting
- Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
- Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
Anyone who got a J&J shot at least two months ago is eligible, regardless of age or other factors.
And in a bigger change, the government is allowing the flexibility of “mixing and matching" boosters regardless of which type people received first.
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 -- Starting Oct 25, 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.
- 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.
CDC recommendations for booster shots
Below is verbatim from the CDC website, when it comes to COVID booster shots:
For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:
For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.
There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others, may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.