As we enter into the New Year, the Department of Veterans Affairs remains dedicated to keeping our Veterans and employees healthy. That’s why we follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on COVID-19 booster shots and additional vaccine doses.
VA encourages Veterans and their families to get boosted.
What is a booster shot?
A booster shot is a supplemental dose of vaccine, given several months after the first series or single-dose regimen of a vaccine and timed when antibody protection is falling, with a goal of “boosting” antibodies and protection.
A booster shot can help you stay fully protected over time.
Data shows that protection against milder illness lessens over time. This is especially true for
certain groups of people. The CDC recommends that everyone who is at least 12 years old
should get a booster shot. Not all VA health facilities offer vaccines to youth under age 18. Learn about getting a booster shot.
Some people need an additional dose to get full protection.
Certain groups of people may not have had a strong enough immune response from the first two doses. These groups should get both a third dose and then a booster shot six months after
their third dose. Learn about getting an additional dose.
When to get a booster shot?
You can only get a booster shot if you completed your primary vaccine series. If you got an initial series of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, you can get a booster shot at least six months after your second shot. If you initially got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you can get a booster shot two months after your initial dose.
How to get a booster shot?
If you’re a Veteran who receives care through VA, your local VA health facility will contact you when
you’re due for your shot. Your facility may offer you a booster by appointment or at a walk-in vaccine clinic.
Find VA health facilities near you that offer COVID-19 vaccines.If you don’t receive care through VA or if you received your primary vaccine series outside of VA, contact your local VA health facility to find out how you can get your shot.
To get a booster shot in your community, contact your primary health care provider or a location that
provides free COVID-19 vaccines in your community. Find a COVID-19 vaccine near you at vaccines.gov.