COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are now available to all adults in the United States.
The CDC said a booster could increase protection against COVID-19. It recommends that everyone 18 and older gets a booster shot, especially as the omicron variant sparks concerns and the holidays and winter months unfold.
People can also "mix and match" among the three vaccines authorized in the United States. Americans can choose between the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines as a booster.
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Booster doses are meant to combat waning immunity in the months following initial vaccination, according to the CDC. Those who received two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine should get a booster shot after at least six months. Those who got the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine should get boosted after two months.
Where to find a COVID-19 booster in Nashville and Tennessee
The Metro Nashville Public Health Department offers the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccine at its drive-thru and pop-up vaccination sites. MPHD has not received Moderna vaccines and will not offer them as a booster, spokesperson Brian Todd said.
"However, there is ample supply of Moderna vaccine at area pharmacies, groceries and walk-in clinics," Todd said.
MPHD has two drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination sites. Vaccines are free of charge and do not require an appointment. Bring your COVID-19 vaccination card for verification. In addition, the sites offer free COVID-19 testing.
Here are the locations and hours:
2491 Murfreesboro Pike, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. M-F
350 28th Avenue North, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. M-F (on the corner of 28th and Charlotte)
A full calendar of MPHD pop-up community vaccination and testing sites can be found at teamup.com/ks48yq728y9por8a6q.
Metro Nashville Public Schools has also teamed up with MPHD to host on-campus vaccination sites for children ages 5 and older through December. However, booster shots are not currently approved for children.
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The Tennessee Department of Health encourages those who qualify to seek out a vaccine. Vaccination options can be found at covid19.tn.gov or vaccines.gov, or by walking into any local health department.
Major pharmacies like Kroger, CVS, Publix and Walmart may also have COVID-19 vaccines available, along with your health care provider. Call ahead to check on availability and scheduling.
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