Who is eligible for a booster shot?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommend a booster shot for the following people who received two doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago:

  • people age 65 and over
  • anyone age 18 and older in a long-term care facility
  • people age 50 to 64 with certain medical conditions, such as cancer or diabetes

Note that UHS cannot provide boosters to anyone vaccinated with Pfizer less than six months ago. For example, if you received your second dose on March 30, the soonest you can receive your booster is Sept. 30.

CDC and DHS say the following people who received two doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago may seek a Pfizer booster if they determine that a booster shot will further protect their health and the health of those around them:

  • anyone age 18 to 49 with the medical conditions listed above
  • people age 18 to 64 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission in the workplace – view more information from DHS about increased risk in the workplace

You may consider consulting a health care professional to understand the benefits and the risks of receiving a booster shot.

There is currently no recommendation for boosters for those who received the Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccines. UW–Madison will continue to monitor public health guidance and keep the campus community updated.