Booster/Additional Shot Information

Eligibility Information for COVID-19 Booster Shots and Additional Doses for Immunocompromised Individuals.

Get a Booster Shot

Maryland Vaccination Site Locater

Booster Shot FAQs

Are You Up-To-Date On Your COVID Vaccines?

Picture of COVID-19 vaccine vials

Moderna, Pfizer Omicron (Bivalent) Booster Shots

The FDA and CDC have authorized the Moderna (6 months and older) and Pfizer (6 months and older) Omicron-specific booster shots. Appointments are available using the calendar below. Please note the vaccine type and age range before making an appointment. Vaccine is also available at local pharmacies, urgent care centers, and retail stores. You can visit the Maryland Vaccine Locater to find a vaccination location convenient to you. At this time, everyone ages 6 months and older is eligible for ONLY ONE Bivalent Booster shot in order to be considered up-to-date on their COVID vaccinations.

Vaccine Clinic Location Date & Time Registration
Forest Ridge Elementary School 9550 Gorman Road., Laurel, MD 20723 Jan. 27
6:30p-8:00p
Pfizer Booster 5-11 (Bivalent)
Pfizer Booster 12+ (Bivalent)

Click here to register
Appointment required
Savage Branch Library
Da Vinchi Room
9525 Durness Ln., Laurel, MD 20723
Jan. 30
4:00p-6:00p
Pfizer 5-11 (Bivalent)
Pfizer 12+ (Bivalent)

Click here to register
Appointment required
Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045
Jan. 31
4:00p-5:00p
Pfizer 5-11 (Bivalent)
Click here to register
Appointment required
Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045
Jan. 31
5:30p-7:00p
Pfizer Booster 12+ (Bivalent)
Click here to register
Clinic in back of building
Appointment required
Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045
Feb. 2
6:30p-7:30p
Moderna Booster (6m-5y) (Bivalent)
Click here to register
Front Entrance 
Appointment required
Central Branch Library
Tapestry Room
10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, MD 21044
Feb. 6
4:00p-6:00p
Pfizer Booster 5-11 (Bivalent)
Pfizer Booster 12+ (Bivalent)

Click here to register
Appointment required
Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045
Feb. 7
4:00p-5:00p
Moderna Booster 6-11 (Bivalent)
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required
Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045
Feb. 7
5:30p-7:00p
Moderna Booster 12+ (Bivalent)
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required
East Columbia Library
Marvin Thomas Room
6600 Cradlerock Way., Columbia, MD 21045
Feb. 13
4:00p-6:00p
Pfizer Booster 5-11 (Bivalent)
Pfizer Booster 12+ (Bivalent)

Click here to register
Appointment required
North Laurel Community Center
9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd., Laurel, MD 20723
Feb. 15
4:00p-6:00p
Pfizer Booster 5-11 (Bivalent)
Pfizer Booster 12+ (Bivalent)

Click here to register
Appointment required
Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045
Feb. 16
6:30p-7:30p
Moderna Booster (6m-5y) (Bivalent)
Click here to register
Front Entrance 
Appointment required
Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045
Feb. 21
4:00p-5:00p
Moderna Booster 6-11 (Bivalent)
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required
Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045
Feb. 21
5:30p-7:00p
Moderna Booster 12+ (Bivalent)
Click here to register
Clinic in the back of the building
Appointment required
Miller Branch Library
Patapsco Room
9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City, MD 21042
Feb. 27
4:00p-6:00p
Pfizer Booster 5-11 (Bivalent)
Pfizer Booster 12+ (Bivalent)

Click here to register
Appointment required
Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045
Feb. 28
4:00p-5:00p
Pfizer Booster 5-11 (Bivalent)
Click here to register
Clinic in back of building
Appointment required
Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045
Feb. 28
5:30p-7:00p
Pfizer Booster 12+ (Bivalent)
Click here to register
Clinic in back of building
Appointment required

Am I Up-To-Date With My COVID-19 Vaccines?

Everyone ages 6 moths and older is authorized to receive a primary vaccination series and a booster shot. Individuals who have completed their initial series and received a single booster shot, when eligible, are considered to be fully up-to-date on their vaccines by the CDC. Howard County Health Department recommends following all CDC guidance regarding recommended vaccinations for their age group. Being "up-to-date" on your vaccinations can mean eased restrictions regarding mask use and quarantine, as recommended by the CDC. 

The Maryland Department of Health offers an easy to use tool to find out if you are up-to-date on your COVID-19 Vaccinations.

More information about booster eligibility is available for the CDC HERE.

Booster Shots

The FDA and CDC authorized updated Omicron-specific booster shots of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for all individuals age 6 months and older. Please review the following information.

  • Individuals 6 years of age and older are eligible for a single booster dose of the updated Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine (Bivalent) if it has been at least two months since they have completed primary vaccination or have received the most recent booster dose with any authorized or approved monovalent COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • Individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible for a single booster dose of the updated Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (Bivalent) if it has been at least two months since they have completed primary vaccination or have received the most recent booster dose with any authorized or approved monovalent COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Children age 6 months to 5 years old may receive one Moderna bivalent booster dose two months after the completion of the two-dose primary vaccine series.
  • Children age 6 months to 4 years old will receive the updated Pfizer bivalent booster dose to replace the original (monovalent) 3rd vaccine dose already scheduled to be administered two months following the second primary vaccine dose.

Documentation of your previous vaccine series will be required. Either bring your vaccine card or verify your vaccine information has been accurately recorded in Immunet, the State of Maryland Immunization database. Individuals should talk to their healthcare provider about their specific situation and which vaccine is best for them.

Find more information about Booster Shots from the CDC hereBooster shots are also available from local pharmacies, retail stores, and/or your medical provider. Individuals who need assistance scheduling an appointment should call 410-313-6284.

3rd/4th doses for Immunocompromised Individuals

The Health Department continues to administer 3rd doses of mRNA (Pfizer and Moderna) vaccine to individuals considered moderately to severely immunocompromised at all Health Department-run clinics. Individuals should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

The CDC provides additional information about those individuals that may meet the criteria for immunocompromised here. Though no proof or doctor's note will be required at HCHD-run clinics, individuals will be asked to self-attest that they are immunocompromised and eligible for a 3rd vaccine dose. Please bring your vaccine card with you to verify the vaccine type you should receive.

Moderately and severely immunocompromised people aged ≥12 years who completed an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine primary series and received an additional mRNA vaccine dose may receive a single updated COVID-19 (bivalent) booster dose (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) at least 2 months after completing their most recent booster dose. Those who received a J&J/Janssen primary vaccine should receive an mRNA additional dose, followed by and updated mRNA booster at least 2 months following the first (mRNA) dose.

Click here for more information.

Stay Connected!

Sign up for the County Executive's weekly newsletter and stay up to date on everything Howard County.
 

Zip Code