Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

FILE - This Jan. 24, 2021, file photo shows a vial of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19.

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Arizona Department of Health says it will follow CDC guidelines that recommend those 65 and older, as well as those in certain high-risk populations get a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot.

In a news release, ADHS says Arizonans 65 and older, those aged 18 to 64 who work in "professional and institutional settings," and those aged 18 to 49 with certain underlying medical conditions should get a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine after six month of getting their second shot. 

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Health officials stressed that the recommendation only involves those who have gotten two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, now rebranded as COMIRNATY. ADHS says health officials haven't decided if vaccine boosters will be needed for those who have received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) shot. The recommendations are effective immediately and at this time, officials are recommending people contact their health care provider to make a final determination before getting their third dose.

Additional information on booster shots can be found by calling ADHS' COVID-19 hotline at 844-542-8201 or by visiting the ADHS website.


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