COVID-19 booster shots are available to certain groups of people who received their full course of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago.
Studies show that after getting a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine, protection against the virus might decrease over time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This is why certain populations are more at risk for catching COVID-19 even if they had a full course of the vaccine.
Who is eligible for a COVID booster shot right now?
According to the CDC, the following groups of people are eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot:
1. People ages 65 years and older
2. People ages 50-64 with underlying medical conditions
3. People ages 18 and older who live in long-term care settings
4. People ages 18-49 with medical conditions may get the booster if their individual situation allows it
5. People ages 18-64 who work or live in certain settings with a higher transmission risk. This includes: Front line essential workers; healthcare workers; first responders (firefighters, police, congregate care staff); education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers); food and agriculture workers; manufacturing workers; corrections workers; U.S. Postal Service workers; public transit workers; and grocery store workers