Booster Doses

COVID-19 Vaccine

A Boost in the Fight Against COVID-19

Maximize your protection against COVID-19. Free booster shots are widely available statewide.
A Boost in the Fight

Booster Update

  • New Yorkers 12 years and older who received their Pfizer-BioNTech initial vaccine series at least five months ago are eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech booster. 
  • New Yorkers 18 years and older who received the Moderna initial vaccine series at least five months ago or the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago are eligible for a booster dose. 
  • Moderately to severely immunocompromised New Yorkers 12 years and older who received their Pfizer-BioNTech additional dose (third dose) at least five months ago are eligible for a booster dose (fourth dose) of an mRNA vaccine.
  • Moderately to severely immunocompromised New Yorkers 18 years and older who received their Moderna additional dose (third dose) at least five months ago are eligible for a booster dose (fourth dose) of an mRNA vaccine.


Additional Dose Update:

  • Children 5-11-year-olds with certain immunocompromising conditions who received their Pfizer-BioNTech initial vaccine series at least 28 days ago are eligible for an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.


A booster or additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will help all eligible New Yorkers maximize their protection, prolong the vaccine’s durability and continue to safeguard our communities against the virus. Booster and additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are free and widely available statewide.

  • For New Yorkers 18 and older, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (COVID-19 mRNA vaccines) are preferred. You may get Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in some situations.
  • Booster-eligible New Yorkers 12 – 17-years-old can only receive the Pfizer-BioNTech booster. 
  • Additional dose-eligible children 5 – 11-years-old can only receive an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

If you have questions, talk to your health care provider, your child’s healthcare provider, or vaccine administrator.

What You Need to Know

Am I Eligible?
Booster Shots

CDC and NYSDOH strongly encourage all eligible New Yorkers to get their booster dose. This includes:

  • New Yorkers 12 years and older who received their Pfizer-BioNTech initial vaccine series at least five months ago are eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech booster. 
  • New Yorkers 18 years and older who received the Moderna initial vaccine series at least five months ago or the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago are eligible for a booster dose. 
  • Moderately to severely immunocompromised New Yorkers 12 years and older who received their Pfizer-BioNTech additional dose (third dose) at least five months ago are eligible for a booster dose (fourth dose) of an mRNA vaccine.
  • Moderately to severely immunocompromised New Yorkers 18 years and older who received their Moderna additional dose (third dose) at least five months ago are eligible for a booster dose (fourth dose) of an mRNA vaccine.


Additional Dose

  • 5-11-year-olds with certain immunocompromising conditions who received their Pfizer-BioNTech initial vaccine series at least 28 days ago are eligible for an additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
  • 12 years and older with certain immunocompromising conditions who received their Pfizer-BioNTech initial vaccine series at least 28 days ago are eligible for an additional third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.  This population can also receive their booster dose (fourth dose) of Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine if their additional dose (third dose) was at least five months ago.

Learn more

Schedule Your Booster
Text your zip code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you
Free booster doses are widely available at pharmacies, local health departments, clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers and other locations across New York State.
Additional Doses for Immunocompromised New Yorkers

As of August 16, 2021, some immunocompromised New Yorkers can now receive their third, or additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Find out what conditions make New Yorkers eligible for an additional dose and what the difference is between an additional dose and a booster dose. 

Booster Dose vs. Additional Dose

Why are Booster Shots Recommended for Eligible Individuals?
Many vaccines require more than one or two doses for long-lasting protection.
Polio

The life-saving polio vaccine requires four doses.

Tetanus

Other vaccines require occasional “boosts” including the tetanus vaccine, given every ten years.

The Flu

The influenza (flu) vaccine is recommended for individuals each year because of new strains emerging every season.

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