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Should I get a booster shot?

Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People:

CDC recommends people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised should receive a third dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after the initial 2 doses.

You may be eligible if: 
  • You’ve been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
  • You’ve received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
  • You’ve received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
  • You have a diagnosis of moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
  • You have an advanced or untreated HIV infection.
  • You are receiving active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.

People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

This additional dose intended to improve immunocompromised people’s response to their initial vaccine series is not the same as a booster dose, given to people when the immune response to a primary vaccine series is likely to have waned over time. CDC recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

For people who received either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine series, the booster dose should be the same mRNA vaccine previously received. A person should not receive more than three mRNA vaccine doses.

Source: CDC Immunocompromised Booster

For the General Public: 

CDC recommends that the following groups should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine at least 6 months after completing their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series (i.e., the first 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine):

  • people aged 65 years and older
  • residents aged 18 years and older in long-term care settings
  • people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions

CDC also recommends that the following groups may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine at least 6 months after completing their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks:

  • people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions
  • people aged 18–64 years at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting

These recommendations only apply to people who previously received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for their primary series. People can talk to their healthcare provider about whether getting a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot is appropriate for them.

Source: CDC Booster

Where can I get a booster shot?

Arizona follows a state-directed local allocator model in which vaccine allocation decisions are ultimately made at the county level. Counties have the flexibility to change policy and procedure for their own county. Visit the corresponding county website to view detailed county information. Local Pharmacies and some doctor’s offices will also have the booster shot. Please contact them directly through their websites or call.

  • Apache:

Contact: (928) 337-7694

Contact: (928) 679-7300

Contact: (928) 402-8888

Contact: (928) 428-0110

  • Greenlee:

Contact: (928) 865-2601

Contact: (928) 669-1100

Additional Info FAQ Booster

Contact: (602) 506-6767

Contact: (928) 753-8665

  • Navajo:

Contact: (928) 871-6350

Contact: (520) 222-0119

Contact: (866) 960-0633

Contact: (928) 428-0110

Contact: (928) 442-5103

Contact: (928) 428-0110

Additional resources:  

Vaccine Scheduling Hotline: 1-844-542-8201

Arizona Department of Health: Booster

CDC: Booster

FDA: Booster