COVID Booster Recommended for All Vaccinated Adults
Hawai‘i Department of Health (DOH) is recommending all adults vaccinated against COVID-19 receive a booster shot.
On Tuesday, the DOH adopted the stronger guidance from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on COVID-19 booster vaccinations. Effective immediately, all adults age 18 and older who completed their primary mRNA vaccinations of Pfizer or Moderna at least six months ago should receive a single COVID-19 booster dose.
“This guidance is clear—all fully vaccinated adults should get a booster when it is available to them,” said Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char, FACEP. “While the Omicron variant has not yet been detected in Hawaiʻi, the best thing you can to do protect yourself and your family is to get vaccinated, wear a mask, avoid large gatherings and get tested for COVID-19 if you feel sick.”
Boosters are still recommended for anyone who received Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine more than two months ago.
The recent emergence of the Omicron variant underscores the importance of vaccination and boosters, DOH stated. According to the CDC, strong immunity, such as that provided by a booster, will likely prevent severe illness. Individuals who received a booster should continue to practice other mitigation measures, such as wearing a mask, avoiding large gatherings and staying home from work and getting tested for COVID-19 if they feel sick.
Information on where vaccines are available can be found here.