CDC announces plans for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots

On Wednesday, August 18, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) announced plans for fully vaccinated people (i.e., those who have received all doses of their vaccine at least two weeks prior) to receive a booster shot. Boosters shots are common for vaccines, whose effectiveness can wane over time.

Key information from the CDC press release:

  • Booster shots will be available starting the week of September 20, for people who have received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
    • There is no information at this time about whether and when boosters will be needed for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. CDC and the Hawaii Department of Health will notify the public when this changes.
  • Booster shots are for people who have received their second dose at least 8 months earlier.
  • All three approved vaccines remain highly effective against COVID-19, including the Delta variant, and CDC encourages everyone age 12 and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

More information can be found at the CDC press release: www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0818-covid-19-booster-shots.html.

As more information becomes available, DOH will update the information found in the COVID-19 FAQ on vaccines: health.hawaii.gov/prepare/files/2020/12/DOH_COVID-19_FAQs_VACCINES.pdf.