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COVID booster shots begin rolling out today in Georgia | What to know

COVID boosters in Georgia will be available under guidelines at health department vaccination locations starting on Monday, Sept. 27.

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Public Health announced Friday it will follow federal recommendations for COVID booster shots. 

COVID boosters in Georgia will be available under guidelines at health department vaccination locations starting on Monday, Sept. 27.

Under the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP), here are the following recommendations for the booster shots: 

  • People 65 years and older, and residents in long-term care settings should receive a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot at least 6 months after their primary two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot.
  • People ages 50-64 with underlying medical conditions should receive a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot at least 6 months after their primary two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot.
  • People ages 18-49 with underlying medical conditions may receive a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot at least 6 months after their primary two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot based on their individual benefits and risks. 
  • People ages 18-64 who are at an increased risk for COVID exposure and transmission due to occupational or institutional factors may receive a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot at least 6 months after their primary two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot based on their individual benefits and risks.

You can find an explanation of what the CDC qualifies as underlying medical conditions here

According to the Georgia DPH, the Pfizer-BioNTech is the only COVID-19 vaccine that has been authorized as a booster dose as of Sept. 24. The recommendations listed above only apply to individuals who have already received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for their primary two doses. 

Georgia's DPH said it has an "adequate inventory" of the Pfizer vaccine and will work to ensure it is accessible statewide. It also stresses the importance of getting vaccinated for all Georgians ages 12 and older. 

Head to the Department of Public Health website to book an appointment for your third dose