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Pfizer-BioNTech booster shots approved

COVID-19 booster recommended for those 65 and older; 18 and older with underlying health conditions; health care workforce members
Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines on a table.
Several age groups and people who are high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 in Oregon are eligible for a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster. (OHSU/Fritz Liedtke)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, have authorized and recommended booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for eligible individuals, including OHSU health care workers, at various locations across Oregon.

Photo of Dawn Nolt, M.D., at OHSU. A female with long, straight, dark hair and fair skin.
Dawn Nolt, M.D. (OHSU)

“Available COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and are the single best thing people can do to limit severe illness and virus spread,” says Dawn Nolt, M.D., professor of pediatrics (infectious diseases) in the OHSU School of Medicine.  “Oregonians who have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, continue to have excellent protection from COVID-19. Based on available evidence, OHSU supports federal and state guidance to offer an extra layer of protection – through vaccine boosters – to its high-risk community members.”

Who is eligible?

  • People who received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine series at least 6 months ago should get a booster if they are 65 or older, live in a nursing home or other long-term care setting, or are 50 to 64 years old and are at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 due to a medical condition.
  • People 18 to 49 years old with underlying medical conditions, or people 18 to 64 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission due to their occupational or institutional setting  may also receive a vaccine booster.
  • People who have already received a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine due to a weakened immune system, those who are otherwise healthy and received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or anyone younger than 18 should not receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster at this time.


Booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine, along with flu vaccine, are available at a community pharmacy or an OHSU outpatient pharmacy near you:

By appointment only

  • OHSU Multnomah Pavilion, beginning Oct. 2
  • OHSU Health Community Site at the Portland Expo Center, beginning Oct. 4


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