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Eligibility expanded for COVID-19 booster shots

CVS Health Vaccine Efforts at The Reservoir long term care facility on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (Scott Eisen/CVS Health via AP Images)

Eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots has been expanded to all adults 18 and over.

The Mississippi State Department of Health says you can get a booster shot of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine if you are at least 18 years old and:

  • Fully vaccinated with two shots of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, AND
  • It’s been at least six months since your last shot of either vaccine.

OR: 

  • Fully vaccinated with one shot of Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, AND
  • It’s been at least two months since your last shot.

The date of your last shot will be verified when you arrive to receive your booster shot.

Appointments for boosters can now be made at all county health department clinics for those who qualify. Visit https://covidvaccine.umc.edu or call the COVID-19 hotline at 877-978-6453.

Mississippi Health officials say booster shots help maintain your immunity, which may decrease over time.

COVID-19 vaccines are available at numerous other providers statewide, including pharmacies and clinics. Go to https://www.vaccines.gov/search/ to find locations near you where you can receive first and second COVID-19 shots as well as additional COVID-19 shots for weakened immune systems and boosters.

Remember to bring your COVID-19 vaccine card to your appointment, if available, if you have received prior shots of COVID-19 vaccine.

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