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