As COVID-19 Booster Shots are Recommended for Select Individuals, the Academy Calls for Additional Support for PCPs

Oct. 1, 2021 - Per the Food and Drug Administration’s authorization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation, the following Pfizer (not J&J or Moderna) vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least 6 months ago are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot:

65 years and older

18+ who have underlying medical conditions

18+ who work in high-risk settings (includes physicians and other healthcare professionals)

18+ who live in high-risk settings

Additional populations may be recommended to receive a booster shot as more data become available.

Physicians may begin booster administration immediately. Coverage without cost-sharing is available for eligible people with Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and most commercial health insurance coverage.

AAFP approved the recommendations and published a webpage devoted to COVID-19 booster doses FAQs.

Previously, in a letter sent to President Biden on Sept. 13, AAFP wrote, “As we enter the next phase of the COVID-19 vaccination process, new vaccine mandates, recommended boosters for some patients, and COVID-19 vaccines for children under 12, additional actions are needed to support primary care practices."

Among AAFP’s policy recommendations for the Biden Administration to initiate are, among other things:

  • Providing ready access to vaccine supplies for primary care physicians
  • Adjusting the federal vaccine distribution methodology to prioritize independent primary care practices
  • Streamlining registration and reporting requirements for primary care physicians administering COVID-19 vaccines