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New Guidelines Released – Who Qualifies?
The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) now recommends COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for all individuals 18 years of age and over who have completed their Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series at least 6 months ago, or who completed their Johnson & Johnson vaccine series at least 2 months ago. Heterologous booster administration (receiving an FDA authorized/approved booster type that is different from the type one received for their initial series, also known as “mixing and matching”) remains allowable.
Effective immediately, the following individuals are now eligible and recommended to receive a booster dose:
* Any individual 18 years of age or older who completed their 2-dose Pfizer or Moderna
vaccine series 6 or more months ago is now eligible to receive a booster dose of either the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
* Any individual 18 years of age or older who completed their 1-dose Johnson & Johnson
vaccine 2 or more months ago is now eligible to receive a booster dose of either the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
As a reminder, the Moderna COVID-19 booster dose is half of the dose (0.25 mL) normally administered for a primary series dose. Regardless of the COVID-19 vaccine type one receives for their initial series, if they receive a booster with Moderna it should be the reduced (0.25 mL) dose. LDH will continue to consider those who completed their initial COVID-19 vaccine series (2 doses of Pfizer/Moderna or 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson) as fully vaccinated.