From the HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau Special Bulletin - September 28, 2021
CDC Guidance on COVID-19 Booster Shots
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in certain populations:
- People age 65 and older;
- People at high-risk for severe COVID-19; and
- People who work in a high-risk job.
These populations include people with HIV. Individuals in these groups who previously received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are eligible for a booster starting at least six months after their second shot. Read the CDC Statement on ACIP Booster Recommendations. Friday’s recommendation from the CDC follows Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to be administered as a booster for certain populations. FDA’s authorization applies only to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, as does CDC’s recommendation.
The following resources are available to help clinicians and healthcare team members understand what this means:
- COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Planning Checklist for Health Centers – HRSA and CDC created this checklist for health centers with information and tips, including resources to stay connected, readiness reminders, guidance on vaccine supply and administration, and more.
- Updated CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot Webpage
- Updated Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Authorized in the United States
The following upcoming opportunities can also help clinicians learn more:
- What Clinicians Need to Know about the Latest CDC Recommendations for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Booster Vaccination: Today, September 28, from 2:00-3:00 PM ET, CDC’s Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Call will give clinicians an overview of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster vaccination. Join the day of the session.
- September HAB You Heard Webinar: Tomorrow, September 29, from 2:00-3:00 PM ET, HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau monthly webinar will include reminders for all Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients, subrecipients, stakeholders, and federal staff about boosters for older adults and those at high risk of severe COVID-19. Register for the webinar.
- COVID-19 Booster Readiness Webcast: On Friday, October 1, from 2:00-3:00 PM ET, HRSA and CDC will provide guidance on boosters for older adults and those at high risk of severe COVID-19. HRSA Chief of Staff Jordan Grossman will be introducing CDC speakers who will cover booster guidance, best practices to prepare for flu season, and vaccine co-administration. Join the day of the session.