For COVID testing, make an appointment at an Urgent Care or QuickCare location or visit hhs.gov.
If you have a medical emergency, visit one of our Emergency Departments.

COVID-19 FAQs: Vaccine Booster

Why is a booster needed?

Data has shown that COVID-19 vaccines may lose some of their effectiveness over time. A third shot – or “booster” – may provide additional, longer-lasting immunity. At this time, only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for boosters and for limited populations.

Both the FDA and the CDC continue to affirm in all of their deliberations regarding booster shots the efficacy of all three COVID-19 vaccines at preventing acute illness and death.

Can I mix and match the type of COVID-19?

If you are 18 years or older you may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot. Some people may prefer the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

Is there a difference between the first two shots and the booster shot?

There is no difference in the dose of vaccine given from the first and second shots of the Pfizer vaccines.

Is there a booster shot for the Moderna or the Johnson & Johnson / Jensen COVID-19 vaccination?

If you are 18 years or older you may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot, the CDC says. Some people may prefer the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

Where can I go to receive a booster shot?

You can find a location offering vaccine boosters through the Georgia Department of Public Health website and Vaccines.gov.

Will the booster shot cost anything?

No, the booster shot, like the COVID-19 vaccine, will not cost anything.

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