WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJMN) – The CDC is now recommending that those who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine receive a booster shot at 5 months after the initial series.

The booster interval for J&J vaccine (2 months) or the Moderna vaccine (6 months) remains the same. The CDC is also recommending that moderately or severely immunocompromised 5 – 11-year-olds receive an additional primary dose of vaccine 28 days after their second shot. At this time only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for children aged 5 – 11.

“As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to update our recommendations to ensure the best possible protection for the American people,” said CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “Following the FDA’s authorizations, today’s recommendations ensure people are able to get a boost of protection in the face of Omicron and increasing cases across the country, and ensure that the most vulnerable children can get an additional dose to optimize protection against COVID-19. If you or your children are eligible for a third dose or a booster, please go out and get one as soon as you can.  Additionally, FDA took action this week to authorize boosters for 12-15 year olds – and I look forward to ACIP meeting on Wednesday to discuss this issue.”