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CDC shortens Moderna booster dose interval to 5 months

CDC states: "Guidance goes into effect immediately in Louisiana."
Moderna Vaccine
Posted at 2:58 PM, Jan 08, 2022

BATON ROUGE — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its recommendations for the Moderna booster, shortening the 6 month interval between completing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine series and receiving a booster dose to 5 months.

Earlier this week, the booster interval was shortened for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as well. They say this means that individuals 12 and older who initially received an mRNA vaccine series (two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine) should now receive an mRNA booster dose five months after completing their initial series. The booster interval recommendation for people who initially received the J&J vaccine (two months) has not changed.

LDH says they have reviewed the latest CDC recommendation and alerted all vaccine providers [] in the state that this guidance is effective immediately.

Data show that COVID-19 boosters help broaden and strengthen protection against Omicron and other SARS-CoV-2 variants.

They say COVID-19 vaccines are widely available at more than 1,000 locations in all of Louisiana’s 64 parishes, including at pharmacies, hospitals, healthcare clinics and doctor’s offices.

For a list of locations near you, visit [] or text your ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) in English or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish. If you have questions or need help scheduling an appointment, call 211 or the Louisiana vaccine hotline at 1-855-453-0774. The vaccine hot-line can also connect you with medical professionals who can answer your questions.

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