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COVID-19 Vaccine Booster

Last updated: November 19, 2021

The CDC has approved boosters for all adults, clearing the way for everyone 18 and up to get an extra dose and urging those over 50 to do so. If you are an adult who received a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine six or more months ago or a J&J vaccine two or more months ago, you are now eligible to get an extra dose of any approved vaccine brand.

If You are Eligible, Schedule Your Booster Today*

Please bring your original vaccine card, ID and (if available) insurance card to your booster appointment.

*Note that Swedish Hospital is the only NorthShore facility providing the J&J vaccine and is not currently offering Moderna.

If You’re Immune-Compromised, Your NorthShore Physician Can Help Schedule a COVID-19 Booster

If you are immunocompromised and would like to schedule a booster with NorthShore, please message via NorthShoreConnect or call your doctor to request to schedule. In response, you’ll receive a NorthShoreConnect message or auto-call prompting you to schedule. Please be patient as we are receiving a large volume of messages and calls regarding COVID-19 boosters.

Please note that it is recommended that you follow your first two doses with the same brand, if available.  Currently there is not a recommendation for a booster for those who received the J&J/Janssen vaccine, and once there is such guidance, we will share it with you. 

People aged 12+ who do not fall into the immunocompromised cohort should wait for an official FDA decision on booster necessity and timing.

Are You Immune-Compromised?

Per the CDC, you are considered moderately or severely immunocompromised if you:

  • Recently received or are receiving immunosuppressive chemotherapy for cancer, or any therapy for a blood based/hematological malignancy. Many cancer treatments such as hormonal therapies are not immunosuppressive. Patients with certain hematological cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma may qualify, even if not on treatment
  • Received an organ transplant and took, or are taking, medications to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant and took, or are taking, medications to suppress the immune system
  • Have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Have advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Underwent or are undergoing active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (20 mg or more per day) or other drugs that may suppress your immune response