LDH Recommends COVID-19 Boosters for Those 18 and Older

In light of increasing cases in other parts of the country and the opportunity for families to increase their protection ahead of the holidays, LDH now recommends COVID-19 booster shots for all fully-vaccinated Louisianans ages 18 and older. A person is considered fully vaccinated if they have received two doses of the Pfizer (Comirnaty) or Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“By working together, we have made significant progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our state, which is why as we head into the holiday season it is critical that Louisianans get a booster shot as soon as they become eligible in order to protect themselves and their loved ones against the possibility of another surge,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “The vaccines are widely available, safe and offer the most effective protection we have against this virus. We want everyone to spend time with their family and friends and to do so as safely as possible.”

Effective immediately, the following individuals are now eligible and recommended to receive a booster dose:

-Anyone 18 and older who completed their two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series 6 or more months ago

-Anyone 18 and older who received their one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine two or more months ago

Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster. Federal guidelines currently allow for this type of mix and match dosing for boosters.