CDC head expands Pfizer booster eligibility to health-care & at-risk workers

The head of the CDC has expanded the recommendation on Pfizer COVID-19 booster eligibility to health-care workers and those in jobs that put them at high risk. The recommendation now includes all individuals age 65 and older, individuals aged 18 – 64 with an underlying medical condition that puts them at risk of severe illness, and health-care workers who are fully vaccinated with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, if it has been more than 6 months since their second dose.

Boosters extend immunity after the initial shots’ potency starts to decrease over time. This guidance is specific to Pfizer vaccine recipients; there are no booster recommendations yet for the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines.

Boosters are not currently required by WUSM. Occupational Health will offer booster doses for employees; however, the locations and short-term scheduling will be limited because of current staffing challenges and our current focus on providing flu shots. It will not be possible to accommodate walk-ins at this time. Booster shots can be scheduled by emailing or by calling 314-362-3528. More guidance will be forthcoming about eligibility and rollout for health-care workers.

You can also obtain a booster at most public clinics or retail pharmacies. We ask for and appreciate your patience, as WashU and other vaccine providers are working to update processes to accommodate the latest guidance.