Big Island Coronavirus Updates

DOH: 2nd Booster Shot Recommended

March 30, 2022, 7:30 AM HST
* Updated March 29, 8:44 PM
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The Hawai‘i Department of Health is adopting the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding COVID-19 booster shots.

Effective immediately, people who received their first booster shot at least four months ago may receive a second booster shot of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) if:

They are over the age of 50

They are 12 or older and have a compromised immune system

They received primary and booster doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine


“Additional booster shots allow people in these select populations to get extra protection against severe illness. A second booster can be especially beneficial for people 65 and older and those 50 and older with underlying medical conditions,” said State Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char, FACEP.


“About 55% of people in Hawai‘i eligible for their first booster shot have received it. We strongly recommend the other 45% get their booster shot soon. Those now eligible for a second booster should determine the right time to get the extra protection another dose will provide. Anyone unsure about getting a second booster can consult their health care provider,” Char added.

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