December 15 marks the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 vaccinations in New Jersey. Since December 24, 2020, Mercer County Division of Public Health and its partners have dispensed more than 31,000 vaccines at over 125 clinics.
Since the Thanksgiving holiday, cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, yet only 34 percent of New Jersey’s over 4.5 million residents eligible for booster shots have received one, according to the New Jersey Department of Health. With an average of 35,000 booster doses administered in our state per day, there is still some work to do in further protecting our residents.
COVID-19 vaccines are now readily available for people ages 5 years and older. Boosters are recommended for all adults 18 and older (16 or older for those who completed the Pfizer series), and any of the COVID-19 vaccines can be used for the booster dose:
- If you had the Pfizer shot, you can receive a booster dose 6 months after your second dose if you are 16 or older
- If you had the Moderna shot, you can receive a booster dose 6 months after your second dose if you are 18 or older
- If you had the J&J shot, you can receive the booster dose 2 months after your single dose