COVID-19 Pfizer booster shots are now available in Santa Clara County for those who received initial Pfizer vaccination shots at least six months ago and are eligible according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines.
Booster shots offer additional security for those who are at high risk for complications from COVID-19 due to age or pre-existing medical conditions. People 65 years and older, residents of long-term care facilities and those over 50 with an underlying medical condition are strongly encouraged to get a booster shot.
Per CDC guidelines, those age 18-49 with an underlying medical condition — as well as those at risk of COVID-19 exposure because of occupational or institutional setting — are also eligible and may want to consider a booster.
If you are 18-64 years old, and received the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago, ask yourself:
Initial vaccinations still provide substantial protection and are working well to prevent severe illness. These initial vaccinations are the number one tool for preventing hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19, so it’s important to get vaccinated as quickly as possible if you haven’t done so already.
- Do you have an underlying condition that puts you at serious risk of COVID-19 complications?
- Do you work in a setting such as health care that puts you at greater risk for exposure to COVID-19?
- Do you live in a congregate setting that puts you at greater risk for exposure to COVID-19?
- Do you live with someone who is at high risk for serious COVID-19 disease?
The authorization applies only to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are currently seeking emergency use authorization for booster shots and if approved, the County will be prepared to offer those additional shots as well.
Public health scientists continue to study the benefits of booster shots, which may be recommended for additional groups in the future.
Many doctors’ offices and pharmacies are now offering COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters. In addition, booster shots for eligible individuals who reside, work, or go to school in Santa Clara County are available by appointment at sccFreeVax.org.
We've launched our 2021 VaxUp Video Contest!
6th to 12th graders: Empower your peers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Enter the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department’s 2021 VaxUp Video Contest to help address misinformation and normalize COVID-19 vaccines.
All 6th to 12th graders who are currently attending school in Santa Clara County can enter the contest. See details below: