A CVS Pharmacy. Photo via Flickr.com

CVS Health announced that it is joining other pharmacy groups in offering Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster shots at 9,800 locations nationwide.

The company was already offering Pfizer boosters, and is following these guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine at least six months after their primary series.
  • People aged 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster at least six months after their primary series
  • People 18 to 49 who are at risk for severe COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions or because of work in an occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster at least six months after their primary series

The CDC also recommends a booster shot for that patients who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine and are 18 and older and were vaccinated two or more months ago.

Based on new guidance provided by the CDC, eligible patients may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose.

Patients can make an appointment at CVS.com or on the CVS mobile app to secure a convenient time and location. A flu vaccine can be administered at the same time.

“The systems we’ve built and our deep experience in providing vaccinations allow us to play a leading role in administering booster shots to eligible populations,” said Troyen A. Brennan, chief medical officer of CVS Health. “We also remain focused on providing easy and convenient opportunities for the unvaccinated to receive their first doses.”

CVS Health has administered more than 34 million COVID vaccines to date.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.