FAQ for Booster Shot
All Ohio Medicaid members 12 and older will receive a $100 gift card, for getting a COVID-19 booster shot. This offer ends June 30, 2022, so don’t delay!
Are you eligible for the booster?
Eligibility for the booster is based on the date and type of your first vaccine. Please bring your vaccine card and health plan member ID card to determine eligibility. Children under 18 must have parental or legal guardian consent for any vaccine.
COVID-19 BOOSTER SHOT: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
SECTION 1: COVID-19 Booster Shot
Q: Do I need a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?
A: COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are recommended to everyone ages 12 and older. Currently, a booster shot is not recommended for children younger than 12 years old. Data from clinical trials showed that a booster shot increased immune response in participants who finished their COVID-19 vaccine primary series.
Q: Who can get a COVID-19 booster shot?
A: Below outlines who is eligible for the COVID-19 booster shot, when to get it and which booster you can receive:
|IF YOU RECEIVED:||BOOSTER ELIGIBILITY||WHEN TO GET A BOOSTER SHOT||WHICH BOOSTER CAN YOU GET|
|Pfizer-BioNTech||Everyone ages 12 and older.||At least five (5) months after completing your COVID-19 vaccine primary series.||mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) are preferred in most* situations.|
|Teens 12–17 years old may only get a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster.|
|Moderna||Adults 18 years and older.||At least five (5) months after completing your COVID-19 vaccine primary series.||mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) are preferred in most* situations.|
|Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen*||Adults 18 years and older.||At least two (2) months after receiving your J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.||mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) are preferred in most* situations.|
*Although mRNA vaccines are preferred, J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine may be considered in some situations.
Q: If I need a booster shot, are the vaccines working?
A: Yes. COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Additionally, the COVID-19 vaccines continue to offer protection against variants. A booster shot could help fully vaccinated people at greater risk maintain the highest protection over time, and data suggests that boosters help broaden and strengthen protection against COVID-19 variants.
Q: Are the side effects worse for the booster shot?
A: Adults and children may have some side effects from a COVID-19 vaccine, including pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever and nausea. Serious side effects are rare, but may occur. For more information on vaccine safety and side effects, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/safety-of-vaccines.html.
Q: Do booster shots use the same ingredients as existing COVID-19 vaccines?
A: Yes. COVID-19 booster shots are the same ingredients (e.g., formulation) as the current COVID-19 vaccines. However, in the case of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, the dose is half of the amount of the vaccine people get for their primary series.
Q: Am I still considered fully vaccinated if I don’t get a booster shot?
A: Yes. The definition of fully vaccinated has not changed and does not include the booster shot. Everyone is fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving all recommended doses in the primary series (second dose in a two-shot series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or after a single-dose vaccine, such as the J&J/Janssen vaccine). Fully vaccinated, however is not the same as up to date. To be up to date, a person needs to get a booster shot when eligible.
Q: Which vaccine is the best for a booster shot?
A: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorses the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna over the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The endorsement followed a thorough review of the latest evidence on vaccine effectiveness and safety. Most patients should now consider an mRNA primary vaccine series or booster shot due to the remarkable safety and efficacy of these vaccines. Individuals who are unable to receive an mRNA vaccine or would prefer not to receive an mRNA vaccine will continue to have access to Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.
SECTION 2: Second Booster Dose
Q: Why are some people now getting a second booster dose?
A: A second booster dose may offer a real benefit to those who are at increased risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19.
Q: Who can get a second booster dose?
A: Certain people who are at a higher risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19 now have the choice to add another layer of protection with a second booster dose.
- People age 50 and older who received an initial mRNA booster shot (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) at least four (4) months ago may receive a second booster dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. A second booster dose may be most beneficial for people who are age 65 and older, or who are age 50-64 with certain underlying medical conditions.
- People age 12 and older who are moderately to severely immunocompromised who received an initial mRNA booster shot (Pfizer or Moderna) at least four (4) months ago may receive a second booster dose (5th dose) of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer, age 12+; Moderna, age 18+).
- Adults who received a primary vaccine and booster shot of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine at least four (4) months ago may receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna).
People who are now eligible to receive a second booster dose are encouraged to talk to their health care providers to assess individual risks and the benefits of another dose in strengthening ongoing protection.
To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for immunocompromised people, visit: