CARSON CITY — The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services has announced that COVID-19 booster doses are now available for all Nevada adults.    

Boosters are recommended and available for those who received an initial series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines six months or more after the initial series is complete and those who received a Janssen vaccine are recommended to receive a booster dose two months or more after their initial vaccination.

Individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations allow for mix-and-match dosing for booster shots. Some vaccinating providers may not stock all COVID-19 vaccine options and Nevada health officials encourage individuals seeking a booster to inquire about available options when scheduling an appointment.

Previously booster shots were only authorized and recommended by the federal government for those at higher risk due to age, occupation, or institutional setting.

Some individuals require a third dose of a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine as part of the initial vaccination series to ensure they are adequately protected from COVID-19. 

This dose is considered part of the vaccination series and not a booster. Individuals with immune-compromising conditions should speak with a health care provider to determine if a third dose is recommended.

COVID-19 boosters are safe, effective, and free and individuals do not need identification or health insurance to access COVID-19 vaccines.

More information on COVID-19 vaccination can be found at NVCOVIDFighter.org or by calling 800-401-0946.