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Do I have to get the same vaccine type for my booster as I did for my initial vaccine?

No. You may choose which COVID-19 vaccine to receive for your booster dose. It is preferred to receive a Pfizer or Moderna over Johnson & Johnson for the primary series and booster doses. Individuals ages 5 through 17 years old may only receive the Pfizer booster. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. The CDC recommendation allows for mixing and matching of booster shots, meaning the booster doesn't have to be the same type of COVID-19 vaccine as your primary series. Discuss the benefits and risks of each product with your health care provider if you are unsure of which booster to get.