Starting Tuesday Nov 23, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will offer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to anyone 18 years of age or older. This comes after the FDA updated their emergency use authorizations and expanded availability for single-shot boosters.
Prior to this update, Wake County has administered Pfizer and Moderna boosters to anyone 65 years of age or older and high-risk adults. These restrictions have lifted, and the CDC recommends vaccinated adults 18 years or older receive a booster shot.
"We're heading into the holidays and know many people are seeking boosters to better protect themselves and their families when they gather or travel for celebrations," said Wake County Board of Commissioners Chair Matt Calabria. "We hope that streamlining the eligibility criteria and making boosters available to anyone 18 and older will help eliminate any confusion about who can receive them and encourage more people to come get vaccinated with us."
Boosters will be administered at all five of Wake County's vaccination clinics. An appointment is needed, and the clinics are offering evening and weekend hours.
According to the CDC, boosters should be administered six months after the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, and two months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Boosters can be "mixed-and-matched". Preliminary evidence shows that getting a booster dose of one of the mRNA vaccines-Moderna or Pfizer- more effectively raises antibody levels than a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The vaccines will be offered free of charge, and no insurance is required. Anyone getting a booster is reminded that they must bring their vaccine card.
For questions about the booster vaccines, visit the FAQ page or call 1-888-675-4567.