(NEXSTAR) – Now that booster shots against COVID-19 are widely available, many have wondered whether the definition of “fully vaccinated” will change.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says you are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two weeks after your single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
According to U.S. health officials, it won’t be changing that definition any time soon.
“Individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if they’ve received their primary series,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on Wednesday, Jan. 5. “That definition is not changing.”
Instead, Walensky encouraged everyone to “stay up to date with additional doses that they are eligible for.” The CDC added new information to its site Wednesday, offering details on how to stay up to date with your vaccines.
Everyone 5 and older is currently eligible to receive a primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine – either the two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson. For those between the ages of 5 and 17, only the two-dose Pfizer vaccine has been approved for use.
Here’s who should get a booster shot, according to the CDC:
- All adults 18-years-old and older
- Teens 16-17 years old (Pfizer only)
Which vaccine you received for the primary series affects how soon you can get a booster shot. For those who received Pfizer, you’re eligible for a booster at least five months after completing your two-dose series. For those who received Moderna, you must wait at least six months to receive a booster. If you received Johnson & Johnson, you should get a booster shot after two months.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.