DHD#10 Now Authorized to Give Moderna, Johnson & Johnson Booster Shots
District Health Department #10 says they have received authorization to begin giving booster shots of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccines.
The health department states eligible Michiganders should plan to get booster doses six months after receiving their primary mRNA series or two months after receiving a single dose of Johnson & Johnson.
“We anticipated that this decision would be made and are prepared to provide booster doses to all eligible individuals,” said Kevin Hughes, Health Officer for DHD#10. “Individuals can also receive COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses from their healthcare providers and local pharmacies as well.”
Following FDA approval and recommendations from the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the MDHHS is urging certain Michiganders to get a booster vaccine if they have received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson primary vaccines.
This includes: Michiganders aged 65 and older, Michiganders ages 18-64-years-old at high risk of severe COVID due to underlying health conditions, and those at high risk of COVID-19 due to occupational and institutional exposure.
DHD#10 says booster recommendations for all three vaccines are available in the U.S., and eligible individuals can choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. The CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mixing and matching dosing for booster shots.
For those who received an mRNA (Pfizer-Biotech or Moderna) covid primary vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at six months or more after their initial series:
- 65 years and older.
- Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings.
- Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions.
- Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings.
Individuals over the age of 18 who received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson should receive a single Johnson & Johnson covid booster dose at least two months after completing their primary series.
According to the CDC, occupations at increased risk of covid exposure and transmission include frontline essential workers and healthcare workers, including:
- First responders (EMS, health care workers, 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.
- Grocery store workers.
To schedule your COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot, click here. You can also call 888-217-3904.