Vaccine Boosters

The FDA and the CDC recently approved a COVID-19 booster vaccine under an emergency use authorization, or EUA. There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may prefer the vaccine type that they originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster. The CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix-and-match dosing for booster shots. Getting fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine continues to be the most important protective measure, coupled with the use of masks and ventilation.

Booster Vaccination Location, Days & Hours

For people who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:

For individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago. No other criteria are required to receive a booster.

For those who received Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson as a first vaccine, you may choose any of the three vaccines as a booster.  

The booster vaccines for COVID will also be offered at some of our UF Health Physicians practices. An appointment is required. We will offer the vaccine for faculty and staff, as well as patients, at the following practice locations:

  • UF Health – Davis Cancer Pavilion
  • UF Health Family Medical Group – Starke
  • UF Health Family Medicine – Eastside
  • UF Health Family Medicine – Haile
  • UF Health Family Medicine – Jonesville
  • UF Health Family Medicine – Magnolia Parke
  • UF Health Family Medicine – Main
  • UF Health Family Medicine – Ocala Heath Brook
  • UF Health Family Medicine – Old Town
  • UF Health Family Medicine – Springhill 2
  • UF Health Internal Medicine – Medical Plaza
  • UF Health Internal Medicine – Springhill 2
  • UF Health Medical Specialties – Medical Plaza
  • UF Health Pediatrics – CMS
  • UF Health Pediatrics – Magnolia Parke
  • UF Health Pediatrics – Millhopper
  • UF Health Pediatrics – Ocala Pediatrics
  • UF Health Pediatrics – Tioga
  • UF Health Pediatrics – Tower Square
  • UF Health Pediatric Specialties – Shands Hospital
  • UF Health Senior Care
  • UF Health Surgical Specialists – Shands Hospital
  • UF Student Health Care Center
  • Archer Family Health Care

Things to bring

  • Please bring your COVID-19 vaccine card that you received when you got your first and/or second doses. If you are unable to locate your vaccination card, we will provide you with a new one.
  • Wear your mask and employee ID badge.
  • Wear a shirt that allows the shoulder muscle to be easily accessed.

UF Health faculty and staff

Effective immediately, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (our J&J quantities will be limited) booster vaccines for UF Health faculty and staff will be available on a walk-up basis at the following UF Health pharmacies for UF Health faculty and staff meeting the criteria listed below.

  • UF Health Pharmacy – Shands Hospital
    Monday through Friday – 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • UF Health Pharmacy – Medical Plaza
    Monday, Wednesday and Friday – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

I work at UF Health, but I am not involved in patient care. Am I eligible to receive the COVID booster vaccine if I received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago?

Yes, as part of UF Health, all faculty and staff who received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago are eligible to receive the booster vaccine.

Can I get a different vaccine than my original vaccine as my booster shot?

At this time, the CDC recommendations allow for mix-and-match dosing for booster shots. Some people may prefer the vaccine type that they originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster. Either option is fine, per the CDC.

When will others who received the initial vaccine but do not meet current eligibility criteria be able to receive the COVID booster vaccine?

The FDA and the CDC will continue to re-evaluate recommendations as more data is received. We will keep you updated when we have new information to share.

Are side effects more prominent when receiving the booster dose of the COVID vaccine?

Side effects people report after getting a booster shot are similar to side effects after the 2-shot series.

What underlying medical conditions are considered to be high risk for severe COVID?

The list of medical conditions can be accessed at the CDC’s website.

How long do I need to wait between receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine?

No waiting period is required between receiving the COVID-19 vaccine (1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster doses) and the flu vaccine. Both vaccines can be received at the same time. If you plan to get both vaccines at the same time, it is recommended you get them in separate arms.

How long do I need to wait to get a COVID-19 vaccine after receiving COVID monoclonal antibody therapy (passive antibody therapy)?

COVID-19 vaccination should be deferred for at least 90 days after receiving monoclonal antibodies. This is a precautionary measure until additional information becomes available, to avoid potential interference of the antibody therapy with vaccine-induced immune responses. This recommendation applies to people who receive passive antibody therapy before receiving any vaccine dose and between doses. Receipt of passive antibody therapy in the past 90 days is not a contraindication to receipt of COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccine doses received within 90 days after receipt of passive antibody therapy do not need to be repeated.