When can I expect to receive a Pfizer booster if I received another COVID-19 vaccine, like Moderna or Johnson & Johnson?
The exact date is unknown, but it shouldn’t take too long, given Moderna recently submitted data to the FDA, and Johnson & Johnson will be following suit very shortly.
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, MD, on Friday said getting boosters approved for everyone, including those who originally got the Moderna or J&J vaccine, is a “high, high priority.”
William Schaffner, MD, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University, agrees it should happen soon.
“I would hope that within the next month to 6 weeks, we will get information about both of those vaccines,” he says. “It will be one right after the other. Each one dealt with separately.”
“I know it leads to a certain amount of confusion, but that’s the way you have to do it because all the data were not assembled at exactly the same time.”
Just the fact that Pfizer boosters are now available to certain high-risk groups is a big sign that boosters for other COVID-19 vaccines aren’t far behind, says Eric Ascher, DO, a family medicine physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
“To me, that is a strong indicator that they will be made available to the rest of the population soon,” he says.
Where do I go get my Pfizer booster and how much will it cost?
You can get your booster shot at pharmacies, your doctor’s office, health departments, occupational clinics, and federal programs, according to the CDC.
“Over 70% of current COVID-19 administration” occurs in pharmacies, the CDC states.
Boosters for all COVID-19 vaccines are completely free.
“All COVID-19 vaccines, including booster doses, will be provided free of charge to the U.S. population,” the CDC said Thursday.