Following the Food and Drug Administration’s authorization, people 50 years old and above and people 12 years old and above with moderate or severe immunosuppression are now eligible for a second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. The second booster dose should be given at least 4 months after administration of one’s first booster dose.
Moderately and severely immunocompromised individuals between the ages of 12 and 17 may receive a second booster of the Pfizer vaccine, while people 18 and older may receive either Pfizer or Moderna. This allows immunocompromised individuals to now receive a fifth total dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
CDC data continue to show the importance of getting vaccinated and boosted, if eligible, to protect against severe outcomes of COVID-19, including hospitalization and death. During the recent Omicron surge, boosted individuals were 7 times less likely to be hospitalized and 21 times less likely to die from COVID-19 compared to those who were unvaccinated.
“We welcome the news that many more Louisianans who may be at high risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 now have more options to protect themselves,” said State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter. “We do not know what the future holds and continue to monitor circulating variants, but thankfully, our COVID-19 trends are better and we have more tools at our disposal than ever before, and that includes vaccines and boosters.”
In addition, adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months ago may now receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna).
- Those ages 18–49 who have previously received a primary and booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
A second booster is especially important for those 65 and older and those who are immunocompromised, since they are the most likely to benefit from receiving an additional vaccine dose.
Scheduling your COVID-19 vaccine on Walgreens
Go to walgreens.com/covidvaccine and click get started
2 To continue, you will need to log in with an existing Walgreens.com
account or Create a new account (A)
• If your existing account does not have pharmacy access, you
will be asked to upgrade by providing additional information
• To upgrade or create a new account, you will be asked to
verify your identity to access your health information
3 Once you’re logged in, you will need to answer the COVID-19
Vaccination Screening questions to ensure you are eligible to
receive a vaccine at this time.
4 After confirming eligibility, click Schedule vaccination to proceed.