The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  recommended  booster vaccine shot s for teens 16 and 17 years old to help strengthen and extend protections against COVID-19. In this holiday season, as people are gathering to celebrate with family and friends, North Carolina is seeing another winter surge in COVID-19 cases and an increase in hospitalizations. It is important to get your booster as soon as you are eligible to protect yourself.

Teens who received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can now get their booster six months after their second shot. Teens 16 and 17 can only receive the Pfizer COVID-19 booster, and parental consent is required.

Adults 18 and older can receive any brand of COVID-19 vaccine for their booster shot. 

NCDHHS encourages you to speak with a doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you have questions about COVID-19 boosters. As with all COVID-19 vaccines, doses are free for everyone, even if they don’t have health insurance and regardless of their immigration status.

To find a COVID-19 booster, or for more information about COVID-19 vaccines in North Carolina, visit or call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center for free at 888-675-4567. Not all vaccines may be available at every vaccine location.  

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