Rite Aid Booster Shot Boosters have been approved for all 3 COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson).

FDA & CDC Authorize COVID-19 Boosters for Eligible Individuals

The FDA and CDC have authorized COVID-19 boosters for Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson recipients who meet the below criteria. See below for information on additional doses for moderate to severely immunocompromised individuals. 

Rite Aid Booster Shot
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What’s the difference between a booster and an additional dose?

With news that the CDC is now recommending an additional, third dose of COVID-19 vaccine for select groups and the possibility that boosters are on the horizon in the next few weeks, how do you know the difference between the two, and why is there a distinction? 

The recently authorized additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is meant to specifically reach people who may not have a sufficient or expected immune response to the vaccine. Offering an additional dose can help strengthen the immune response to help ward off both infection and severity of infection. 

Boosters on the other hand, are meant to address decreasing or waning vaccine effectiveness over time for people who had an expected immune response. Most studies continue to show that the COVID-19 vaccines are effective against COVID-19, particularly when it comes to severe infection and hospitalization. 

Will boosters be authorized? 

The Biden Administration announced this week that they’re likely to authorize boosters for COVID-19 vaccine recipients. The CDC and FDA have yet to weigh in on exactly who would qualify. More than likely the recommended rollout will be similar to the initial vaccine rollout, targeting health care workers, long-term care residents, and emergency workers before the broader population. 

As always, Rite Aid, once authorized by the CDC, will continue to help administer the COVID-19 vaccine, additional doses, and boosters to help ensure the health and safety of our communities when we are able to do so. 

Keep Up the Prevention Measures

With the Delta variant driving up infections and cases across the country, getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your community along with mask-wearing and social distancing. 

Rite Aid Booster Shots

Pfizer

Boosters can be administered at least 6 months after the 2nd dose of an initial series of Pfizer for individuals 16 years or older. Individuals 16-17 are only eligible for a Pfizer booster dose (no mixing and matching).

Moderna

Boosters can be administered at least 6 months after the 2nd dose of initial series of Moderna or individuals 18 years or older. Moderna boosters will be administered at a half-dose volume compared to the initial series.

Johnson & Johnson/Janssen

Boosters can be administered at least 2 months after the initial Johnson & Johnson/Janssen shot was administered for anyone age 18+

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Can I choose a different vaccine for a booster (mix & match)

It is recommended that you get a booster of the same COVID-19 vaccine brand that you received for your primary dose. The FDA or CDC have allowed for some recipients to receive an alternative brand from their initial series, but Rite Aid advises customers to have a conversation with their health provider or pharmacist to determine what’s best for them. Currently, you can schedule a booster for the same vaccine you received for your initial series. If a different one is needed, please talk to your pharmacist at the time of your appointment. Individuals 16-17 may only get a Pfizer booster. 

Additional Doses for Immunocompromised

To meet the qualifications for an additional dose

  • Individuals who received either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days prior

AND be considered moderately to severely immunocompromised as defined below:

  • Had a solid organ transplant or recent hematopoietic malignancies
  • Active or recent treatment for solid tumor hematologic malignancies (cancer)
  • Severe primary immunodeficiency
  • Advanced or untreated HIV
  • Active treatment with high dose corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, TNF blockers, and other biologic agents
  • Asplenia and chronic renal disease can be considered if condition is severe

Additional doses can be administered to Pfizer recipients ages 12+ or Moderna recipients ages 18+.

Moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals have not been approved for a booster shot after their third dose at this time.

Second COVID-19 Boosters Now Available at All Rite Aid Locations for Eligible Individuals

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (March 30, 2022) – Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) today announced it will begin administering a second booster of the mRNA Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for eligible individuals, following approval by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Individuals aged 50 and older and certain immunocompromised individuals aged 12 and older may receive a second booster at least four months after their first booster. Eligible adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least four months ago may also receive a second booster dose using an mRNA vaccine.

Beginning today, eligible customers may walk in immediately or schedule an appointment at www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/scheduler. Flu and other vaccines are also available in-store and can be scheduled via the online scheduling tool. Customers may receive their second booster dose at Rite Aid regardless of where they received their primary series or first booster.

“Vaccination is critical in the continued fight against COVID-19, and as a proud partner in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, Rite Aid is committed to doing our part to help keep our communities healthy,” said Karen Staniforth, Chief Pharmacy Officer at Rite Aid. “To date, Rite Aid has administered over 15 million COVID-19 vaccinations and encourages anyone who hasn’t received their primary vaccination series to do so, and to get their booster shots when eligible.”