The rollout of the booster shots follows the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) emergency use authorization and new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the new guidance, eligible populations may choose to receive a dose different from the one they received for their initial series.
“As new guidance regarding COVID-19 vaccines continues to emerge, our communities are relying on pharmacists for information, support and guidance more than ever. Walgreens pharmacy teams are available to answer questions and make it easy to understand eligibility requirements and access COVID-19 vaccine, whether it’s a first dose or booster shot,” said Rina Shah, group vice president pharmacy operations and services, Walgreens.
The rollout of the booster shots comes at a time when efforts are still being made to even out vaccination rates across the country. While the United States has more than enough vaccines for all eligible individuals, there is continued hesitancy around the need and safety of the vaccines, which has ultimately contributed to disparities, especially among Hispanic and Black adults that are at a higher risk.
“As we help millions of Americans get their booster shot, vaccine hesitancy is still a barrier in many communities of color,” said Dr. Kevin Ban, chief medical officer at Walgreens.
“As we have throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Walgreens will remain focused on driving equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines with vaccine equity clinics and educational initiatives.”
In the last month alone, Walgreens administered nearly 60 percent of its COVID-19 vaccines to people of color through its ongoing equity efforts.
Eligibility requirements for Moderna and Pfizer-BioTech booster doses remain the same, with individuals needing to wait at least six months after they complete their initial mRNA COVID-19 primary vaccine series to receive their booster dose. In addition, for those who received the J&J primary dose, a single vaccine booster dose is recommended for individuals 18 and older at least two months after receiving their initial J&J primary vaccine dose.
In terms of mixing and matching, it is recommended that individuals receive the same product for their booster dose as they did for their primary series.
For booster eligibility information, visit Walgreens.com/covidvaccine.