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Second coronavirus booster shot now available for those older than 50, immunocompromised individuals

The University announced yesterday that eligible individuals may receive a second booster vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at any of the three campuses. – Photo by Mufid Majnun / Unsplash.com

The University is now offering second booster doses of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine on all three campuses to eligible students and community members, according to a University-wide email alert.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized a second booster dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for all individuals older than 50 years at least four months after the initial booster dose.

A second booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine may be delivered to some immunocompromised individuals who are 12 years old or older, such as those who have undergone organ transplantation, according to a press release from the FDA. 

In addition, immunocompromised individuals who are 18 years of age or older may receive a second booster dose of the Moderna vaccine at least four months after the first booster dose.

While the University is not requiring the second booster dose, students may register for an appointment through the Rutgers Vaccination Portal or at any location nationwide, according to the email.

Members of the community who are not students may receive the vaccine at Rutgers locations by calling the Vaccine Scheduling Assistance Program on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additional information regarding the vaccine clinics can be found on the University’s website for COVID-19 vaccination information.


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