Booster Doses: What You Need to Know

Stay up to Date with All Recommended Vaccine Doses – Including Booster and Additional Doses
Booster Doses: What You Need to Know

Initial Booster Doses

  • Our top priority remains staying ahead of the virus and protecting New Yorkers from COVID-19 with safe, effective, and long-lasting vaccines, especially in the context of a constantly changing virus and epidemiological landscape.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are working very well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death – and our federal health and medical experts have been analyzing the scientific data closely understand how long the protection from infection and severe illness will last and how we might maximize this protection.
  • For eligible New Yorkers, a first booster dose is safe and continues to provide strong protection against severe outcomes.
  • According to CDC data from the recent Omicron surge, those who were boosted were 21-times less likely to die from COVID-19 compared to those who were unvaccinated, and 7-times less likely to be hospitalized. 
  • That’s why the New York State Department of Health and CDC recommend that all eligible adults and adolescents, and children five years and older remain up to date and receive all doses in the primary series and all boosters recommended for you, when eligible.

Second Booster Doses

  • Acknowledging the increased risk of severe disease for certain populations, second mRNA booster doses are available for eligible New Yorkers who choose to increase their protection further.
  • This is in accordance with CDC’s recommendation, and here's more information on second boosters from the CDC.
  • We will continue to follow the science and communicate openly with New Yorkers as additional data becomes available.

Additional Doses for Immunocompromised New Yorkers

  • If you are moderately or severely immunocompromised (have a weakened immune system), you are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness and death.
  • Additionally, your immune response to COVID-19 vaccination may not be as strong as in people who are not immunocompromised.
  • As with vaccines for other diseases, you are protected best when you stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Children ages 5 through 11 years who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should receive a primary series of 3 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to stay up to date. A booster is not recommended for this age group at this time.
  • You can self-attest to your moderately or severely immunocompromised status. This means that you do not need any documentation of your status in order to receive COVID-19 vaccine doses wherever they are offered.
  • Find more information on COVID-19 vaccines for moderately or severely immunocompromised people.