COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Can you get a COVID-19 booster? Start over Versión en español Boosters Now Available for All COVID-19 Vaccines To strengthen and extend protections against COVID-19, boosters are now available to all North Carolinians 5 and older. You can get a booster if: You are 5 or older, and You received your second dose of the vaccine at least FIVE months ago, or You received your Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least TWO months ago. The CDC also recommends a third dose of Pfizer for children 5 to 11 who have compromised immune systems. Children and teens ages 5 and up can only receive the Pfizer booster, and parental consent is required. Adults 18 or older can get any brand. You should get a second booster if: You are 50 or older and got your first booster shot at least FOUR months ago, or You are 12 or older and have a compromised immune system, and got your first booster at least FOUR months ago, or You received a total of two shots of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least four months ago. Getting a second booster may be especially important for people over the age of 65 and those older than 50 with underlying health conditions that put them at high risk of severe disease. Get a booster anywhere COVID-19 vaccines are available. Booster doses are free for everyone. No insurance or doctor's note is needed. Adults 18 and older may receive any brand of COVID-19 vaccine for your booster shot. However, it is recommended that people get boosted with a mRNA vaccine—Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech—instead of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, unless they have a medical reason as to why they cannot receive an mRNA vaccine. NCDHHS encourages you to speak with a doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you have questions about what booster is right for you. Additionally, anyone who received their first COVID-19 vaccines outside of the U.S. or in clinical trials with a brand not currently authorized can now receive a Pfizer booster shot when they are eligible. Find a Booster Vaccine Location 5-digit Zip Code Go Please enter a 5 digit zip code You'll need to know the dates of your vaccination and confirm what brand you got originally. Your paper vaccination card is helpful but may not be necessary. At-home vaccination and free transportation may be available. If you have more questions, we encourage you to read our FAQs, call the NC COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center at 888-675-4567, or send us a message.