Where Can You Get A COVID-19 Booster?

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Key Takeaways

  • Some states are offering boosters at community health centers and hospitals to people who are immunocompromised.
  • Experts anticipate that the signup process for boosters will be the same as the COVID-19 vaccine registration process. People will be able to register online at their local health department’s website or have a "walk-in" appointment as available. 
  • Boosters for non-immunocompromised adults who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are expected to start in September.

COVID-19 booster distribution is already underway for people who are immunocompromised. While boosters have not yet been approved for use in non-immunocompromised adults, they will make their way to the general public this fall.

Where are boosters currently being administered, and where will you be able to get one once it's your turn? Experts share what's happening now, what they predict, and how to prepare for the sign-up process.

Where Can You Get a Booster?

“The booster shots should be available in community centers and in the clinic hospitals,” Patricia Philippe, RN, registered nurse, and director of infection prevention and control at Community Health of South Florida, Inc. tells Verywell. 

Philippe says that currently, boosters are only being offered to immunocompromised patients, but that starting in September, all hospitals and health centers in Miami—where Philippe works—will begin distributing boosters.

Robert G. Lahita, MD, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Autoimmune and Rheumatic Disease at Saint Joseph Health based in New Jersey, predicts that pharmacies will also play a key role in distribution, just as they did for the COVID-19 vaccines. Lahita imagines that "CVS and Walgreens would be key places" for people to go for a booster shot.

How to Sign Up for a Booster

While for the most part, Americans will get more information regarding booster shots in coming weeks, some areas have already introduced protocols for signing up for a booster.

Example Rollout: Miami, Florida

Miami-based patients of Community Health of South Florida, Inc. who are immunocompromised can get their boosters by calling or making an appointment online. Patients will need to request an appointment through the website by entering their personal information and preferred date, time, and location. 

Depending on the clinic location, Floridians can get boosters at one of Community Health of South Florida, Inc.’s health centers located in Perrine, South Miami, Naranja, Marathon, Homestead, Florida City, and Miami, Florida.

Example Rollout: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

On Friday, August 23 Montgomery County, Pennsylvania announced that online registration for booster shots is available for immunocompromised patients.

On the vaccine sign-up website, patients can select “third dose,” which will take them to a portal where they can find a vaccination clinic by their ZIP code, the services they are seeking, their age group, and vaccine brand name. 

After picking a clinic, patients will be required to provide the following information to secure a booster appointment:

  • Personal information (name, date of birth, race, ethnicity, email address, phone number)
  • Health insurance 
  • Health questions 
  • Family members
  • Consent for services 

How Will Other States Roll Out Boosters?

While booster sign-ups will vary by state, Philippe expects that booster registration will have the same or similar process as the registration process for COVID-19 vaccines. “At South Florida, Inc., we have appointments and walk-ins," she says. "So, the patients can come as a walk-in on the date available.”

Other states have not been offered any guidance on boosters, making booster availability and access state-dependent. 

At Lahita's hospital in New Jersey, boosters are not yet available. “We don’t have any yet," he says, "And we have not been given any information whatsoever on where they will be available." 

When Should You Get a Booster?

COVID vaccine boosters for adults are currently under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Lahita encourages people to check the CDC, FDA, state health department’s websites frequently for booster updates, which should be available in the coming weeks.  

“As soon as the booster becomes available for non-immunocompromised people, they should get it," Philippe says. "Because studies report that the antibody levels decline over time and is more likely to boost immunity."

What This Means For You

COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are currently under FDA review. Experts recommend checking in with your state’s health department to get the latest information on where and when boosters will become available.

The information in this article is current as of the date listed, which means newer information may be available when you read this. For the most recent updates on COVID-19, visit our coronavirus news page.

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  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot. Updated August 20, 2021.