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For people with Down syndrome, family members, caregivers and professionals.

COVID-19 Booster Shots and Third Doses

October 2021 | Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource

UPDATED 10/21/2021: The CDC shared booster shot recommendations for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. The statement can be found at this link.

10/15/2021: According to the CDC, you can get a flu vaccine at the same time you get a COVID-19 vaccine, including a COVID-19 booster shot.

9/28/2021: The physicians at the Adult Down Syndrome Center shared information about COVID-19 booster shots for individuals with Down syndrome in the article linked here.

9/24/2021: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated the recommendations for booster shots of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 Vaccine. Please see this page for more information.

8/18/2021: Many people have been contacting us about booster shots or third doses of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccinations. Guidance continues to be shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), other government agencies, and public health and medical experts. We have shared links to relevant websites below. 

At this time, recommendations specific to people with Down syndrome have not been shared and data are not yet available regarding the effectiveness of the immune response to COVID-19 vaccines in people with Down syndrome. The Adult Down Syndrome Center anticipates following the recommendations of the CDC; however, guidance continues to evolve, and we await further clarification from the CDC and public health and medical experts regarding booster shots for people with and without Down syndrome. Please check this page for the latest updates.

More Information

General COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Third Doses for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

Joint Statement from HHS Public Health and Medical Experts on COVID-19 Booster Shots (8/18/2021)


All COVID-19 resources in our library can be found at this link.

Please note: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as a substitute for a medical, psychiatric, mental health, or behavioral evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment plan by a qualified professional. We recommend you review the educational material with your health providers regarding the specifics of your health care needs.