Mayo Clinic doctors clarify COVID booster vaccine information

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The U.S. recently hit a new pandemic high of more than three-hundred-thousand average new daily cases of COVID-19. Experts continue to encourage boosters.

The CDC recently updated its recommendations for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster to expand to 12 to 15-year-olds. The Food and Drug Administration amended its emergency use authorization earlier this week. Mayo Clinic leaders say people can get a booster after their initial vaccine series.

“To keep it clear just remember that it’s your initial series, however many doses that is,” said Dr. Melanie Swift, co-chair of Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation and Distribution Work Group. “And one booster for now, at least in the United States right now. That’s, with everything COVID, always subject to change.”

An initial vaccine series for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is one shot, two for Moderna or Pfizer, and three for those who are immunocompromised. As far as timing — for J&J it’s two months after your initial series — five months for Pfizer and six months for Moderna.