Pader Moua, MPH
COVID-19 booster shots and third doses are now available for certain individuals. This has led some people to ask: What’s the difference? Our new infographic explains.
As of Monday, Oct. 11, over 74,000 Arkansans had received either a booster or a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for both booster and third doses, and the Moderna vaccine is authorized only for third doses. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not currently authorized for either booster or third doses.
Booster doses are only authorized for certain recipients of the Pfizer vaccine who had their second dose at least six months ago. These doses are meant to provide additional protection for certain vulnerable populations and people who live or work in high-risk settings, as protection against COVID-19 may wane over time. These individuals include those who are:
Third doses are authorized for recipients of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines who have moderate-to-severe immunocompromised systems. These individuals can receive their third dose at least 28 days after their second dose. Third doses are “intended to improve immunocompromised people’s response to their initial vaccine series.” Individuals eligible for a third dose include those who have: