WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT COVID-19 VACCINE BOOSTERS
vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson).
There is limited data showing that Moderna or Pfizer
vaccines could result in higher antibody levels.
Why get a booster? The science continues to
show that all three of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines
are safe and save lives. That’s why getting
more New Yorkers vaccinated with their first and
second doses remains the most important thing.
The booster adds another layer of protection — it is
meant to “boost” your immunity. This is particularly
important for people who are most at risk for
Where can New Yorkers get a booster? In New
York City, booster shots are available at sites in all
five boroughs and for in-home vaccination. To find
a location near you, go to nyc.gov/vaccinefinder.
The vaccines are free at city sites to all New Yorkers,
regardless of immigration status.
Already, over 250,000 New Yorkers have received
a booster shot. That means thousands of New Yorkers
will have stronger protection from COVID-19.
They will be able to gather with friends, family and
loved ones more safely. And for any New Yorkers
who are still unvaccinated, I urge you to take the
first step today — join 6 million other New Yorkers
and get vaccinated. It is our single best way out of
this pandemic and a return to normal life again.
Dr. Chokshi is New York City’s Health
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BY DR. DAVE A. CHOKSHI
Recently, important updates about the COVID-19
vaccine were announced — that certain people are
now eligible for a “booster” dose. Since the beginning
of COVID-19, our scientific understanding of
the virus has constantly evolved, and many New
Yorkers understandably have questions about this
I would like to provide the “who, why and
where” about boosters.
Who should get a booster? All three brands of
booster shots are available for many New Yorkers
— Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — and
“mixing and matching” of the vaccines is safe. But
who is eligible for a booster depends on the vaccine
you originally received.
At this time, the Pfizer and Moderna boosters
are approved for certain people vaccinated at least
six months ago — specifically, people who are aged
65 or older; adults with underlying medical conditions
(like diabetes); and adults at higher risk of
exposure due to their job (like health care workers)
or due to where they live (like nursing home
The Johnson & Johnson booster is approved for
anyone ages 18 or older who received it at least two
months ago — as I did. Since “mixing and matching”
is now authorized, Johnson & Johnson recipients
can get a booster of any of the three authorized
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