On September 22, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration amended its emergency use authorization of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine to include a single booster dose at least six months after completion of the full vaccine series.

Beginning Monday, September 27, 2021, UGA faculty, staff, students, retirees, and dependents (18 and over) who have received the Pfizer vaccine series (2 doses completed more than six months ago) and who meet eligibility requirements outlined by the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control, may schedule appointments to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot. Appointments may be scheduled at patientportal.uhs.uga.edu. Individuals should bring their original vaccine card to the appointment. Those who have received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines are not eligible to receive a Pfizer booster dose at this time, per CDC guidance. Vaccination status will be verified on-site.

Based on the FDA’s authorization and CDC recommendations, the following groups are eligible to schedule appointments for the Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose if it has been at least 6 months since the completion of the primary Pfizer series:

  • People 65 years and older;
  • People aged 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions;
  • People aged 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions, based on their individual benefits and risks; and
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting, based on their individual benefits and risks.

Boosters are recommended to prolong protective immunity against the COVID-19 virus because experts are beginning to see in certain individuals, reduced protection against mild and moderate COVID-19 disease.

Getting the entire UGA community vaccinated remains our top priority and the most effective way to keep everyone safe. We strongly encourage you to get your vaccination series as soon as possible and to wear a mask inside campus facilities and in large gatherings.