Eligible Michiganders should plan to get booster doses six
months after primary mRNA series or two months after single dose
of Johnson & Johnson
Oct. 22, 2021:
- Following FDA approval, recommendations from
the CDCís Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
and the endorsement
of the CDC director,
the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is
urging certain Michiganders to get a booster vaccine if they
received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (J&J) primary COVID-19
vaccines. This includes people ages 65 and older; individuals 18
through 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19 due to
underlying health conditions; and those at high risk of COVID-19
due to occupational or institutional exposure.
"We must take every measure we can to protect
Michiganders, and that now includes booster doses for the
various groups who are now eligible to receive them," said Dr.
Natasha Bagdasarian, MDHHS chief medical executive. "We know
vaccines work and are the way out of the pandemic. The FDA has
authorized a booster dose for some individuals to maintain and
increase that level of protection. There is an ample supply of
vaccines available, and we urge all eligible Michiganders to get
their booster dose as soon as possible."
There are now booster recommendations for all
three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible
individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster
dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type
they originally received and others may prefer to get a
different booster. CDCís recommendations now allow for this type
of mix and match dosing for booster shots.
For individuals who received an mRNA (Pfizer-BioNTech
or Moderna) COVID-19 primary vaccine, the following groups are
eligible for a booster shot at six months or more after their
65 years and older.
Age 18+ who live in long-term
Age 18+ who have underlying
Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk
People over age 18 who received a single dose of
the J&J (Janssen) vaccine should receive a single J&J
COVID-19 booster dose at least two months after completing their
The use of a single booster dose of the J&J
COVID-19 vaccine may be administered at least two months after
completion of the single-dose primary regimen to individuals 18
years of age and older.
Per CDC, occupations at increased risk for
COVID-19 exposure and
transmission include frontline essential workers and health care
First responders (EMS, health care workers,
firefighters, police, congregate care staff).
Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare
Food and agriculture workers.
U.S. Postal Service workers
Public transit workers.
Grocery store workers.
This list could be updated in the future.
After a careful examination of the latest
and deliberative discussion around booster shots, the updated
guidance from CDC follows the FDAís October
20th amendment of
the emergency use authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines to allow
for the use of a single booster dose. Those who receive a
Moderna booster will get a dose half the amount received during
the primary series.
Michiganders should bring their COVID-19 vaccine
card or immunization record with them when getting their booster
dose, which are available at any vaccine provider that have
Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccines. Immunization
records are available online at the Michigan
Immunization Portal for
many residents and can be downloaded and printed. To obtain
their record, Michiganders must create a MILogin account at Michigan.gov/MiImmsportal and
upload a valid government issued photo ID such as a driver's
license, state ID or passport. There is no cost to access the
As previously recommended, Michiganders
with moderately to severely compromised immune systems should
receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28
days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 or Moderna
COVID-19 vaccine. This additional dose is intended to improve
the response of people who are immunocompromised to their
initial vaccine series.
To date nearly 69%, or two in three Michiganders,
have gotten at least their first dose of one of the three safe,
effective vaccines. From January to October 12, unvaccinated
Michiganders accounted for 93.1% of COVID cases, 90.7% of
hospitalizations and 90.5% of deaths.
To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine.
For more information about COVID-19 in Michigan,