ODH Issues Statement on Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Expansion

ODH Issues Statement on Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Expansion

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Will Be Available to All Ohioans 18 and Older

COLUMBUS – Following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) action today, COVID-19 vaccine
boosters will be available for fully vaccinated adults 18 and older following action by the CDC director. Those
who originally received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are eligible for a single booster dose two months
following their original dose; those who received Moderna or Pfizer/Comirnaty will be eligible six months after
receiving their second dose, which completed the original vaccine series. Fully vaccinated adults can choose any
of the three authorized COVID-19 vaccines for their booster dose.

“Following action by the CDC director, vaccine providers in Ohio can begin administering COVID-19 vaccine
boosters to any fully vaccinated Ohioan 18 or older,” explained Ohio Department of Health Director Bruce
Vanderhoff, MD, MBA. “The COVID-19 vaccines continue to be incredibly effective. However, there is a natural
tendency for immunity to wane over time, whether natural immunity or immunity from a vaccine, and many
immunizations require at least one booster dose. When Ohio adults choose to get booster doses, it will keep
their immunity from COVID-19 at peak performance.”

“Remember, though, that there are still many eligible Ohioans who have not yet gotten their first dose of a
COVID-19 vaccine. For those Ohioans who haven’t yet chosen to be vaccinated, I urge you to talk to your doctor
or pharmacist to get the facts about COVID-19 vaccines. The COVID-19 vaccines are under constant rigorous
ongoing safety review. With more than 195 million people having been fully vaccinated in the U.S., including
more than 6.6 million Ohioans, these vaccines maintain a remarkable safety record. There is ample vaccine
supply in Ohio for first and second doses, as well as boosters.”

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available throughout the state. Many providers offer walk-in appointments, or
Ohioans can schedule a vaccination appointment at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. Ohioans who want to
learn more about the safety, efficacy, and side effects of COVID-19 vaccines should talk to their doctor, nurse, or
pharmacist, or visit coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine.


About the Ohio Department of Health
The Ohio Department of Health’s mission is advancing the health and well-being of all Ohioans by transforming
the state’s public health system through unique partnerships and funding streams; addressing the community conditions and inequities that lead to disparities in health outcomes; and implementing data-driven, evidence-
based solutions.

Download the announcement here.

Download the announcement in Spanish here.

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