This past week, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) issued guidance regarding the administering of COVID-19 booster shots. According to the ODH, the Pfizer vaccine booster shots are now available for individuals who have gone six months past completing their second dose of the vaccine.
The ODH said the following guidance regarding who can get the shot is in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are the eligibility guidelines:

  • People 65 years and older or residents in long-term care settings.
  • People ages 50 to 64 with certain underlying medical conditions.
  • People ages 18 to 49 with certain underlying conditions MAY receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks. *The CDC has indicated that this is a determination made by the vaccine recipient, but those eligible are encouraged to talk to their healthcare providers if they have any questions.
  • People age 18 and older who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their job or living in an institutional setting MAY receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks. *The CDC has indicated that this is a determination made by the vaccine recipient.

The ODH further stated that eligible booster recipients will be asked to attest they have one of the qualifying conditions, but specific proof will not be required. Eligible Ohioans should allow 2-3 weeks to get their booster dose after scheduling their appointment. We also encourage residents to consult with their primary physician before getting the booster shot.
For more information please visit the ODH website: https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov/