Virginia Department of Health Guidelines

RICHMOND — About one million Virginians are now eligible for a second booster, according to the Virginia Department of Health, and now have access to it if they wish to receive one.

Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines for the COVID-19 vaccination, second booster doses can now be provided to certain Commonwealth populations, according to a news release from the Virginia Department of Health.

Eligibility for the second dose of COVID-19

  • Adults 50 years and older may elect to receive a second booster dose using a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine at least four months after the first booster dose.
  • Adults 18 to 49 years of age who have received the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine as both a primary serial dose and a booster dose may receive a second booster dose using a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine. 19 at least four months after the first Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen booster dose.
  • People 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may choose to receive a second booster dose using a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine at least four months after the first booster dose.

Based on the booster eligibility guidelines provided above by the VDH, this means that adults 18-49 years of age who received the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine as their first round and booster do not need a second booster dose at this time, unless they are immunocompromised.

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The following is a statement from Christy Gray, Virginia State Immunization Coordinator and Director of the Immunization Division of the Virginia Department of Health:

“VDH welcomes the updated guidance from the CDC. This is not a general recommendation for everyone. Members of the general population who stay up to date on their vaccine remain well protected against serious illness without a second booster. We want to provide the public with information so they can consult with their health care provider to make an informed choice based on their own personal risk level. Throughout the pandemic, we have found that the older you are or if you are moderately or severely immunocompromised, the greater your risk of serious illness, hospitalization and death if you contract COVID-19. There are enough vaccines available in the state to ensure that anyone eligible for a second booster will be able to get one.

Virginians are encouraged to consult with their health care provider about their own risk assessment in deciding whether or not to receive a second booster.

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— Monique Calello (her) is a reporter for The News Leader in the Shenandoah Valley. You can reach her at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @moniquecalello.

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