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Rite Aid COVID Booster Shot & Vaccine Appointments Near You

Written and medically reviewed by Dorcas Morak, Pharm.D

You can now schedule your COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot appointment at Rite Aid. Rite Aid has partnered with local, state, and federal programs to help administer the COVID-19 vaccine. Here's how to make an appointment for a vaccination or booster shot at a Rite Aid near you.

How do I schedule the COVID-19 vaccine at Rite Aid?

Schedule your COVID-19 vaccine appointment online at select Rite Aid locations. Note that you can only book a vaccination appointment online. Individual pharmacies cannot schedule appointments. Rite Aid recommends you check their official website for eligibility requirements and updates on the vaccine.

What COVID-19 vaccines are approved for the primary series in the United States?

The CDC recommends four covid-19 vaccines for the primary series in the United States. They are Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen, and the Novavax vaccine.

Who is eligible for the first booster?

Rite Aid offers the COVID-19 vaccine for those 5 years and older who have completed their primary series.

Who is eligible for the second booster?

Consider yourself eligible for a second booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if you are:

  • an adult aged 50 years and older
  • an individual aged 12 years and older who is moderately or severely immunocompromised
  • an individual who took Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine as 1st primary and 1st booster dose

When should I take the COVID-19 vaccine booster?

Your age and when you got your primary series will determine when you should take the COVID-19 booster dose:

Adults ages 18 and above:

If you took Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as your primary series, the criteria for the booster doses are:

1st Booster: CDC recommends a booster of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine:

  • At least 5 months after the primary series for most people
  • At least 3 months after the primary series for people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised

2nd Booster: You can choose to get a booster of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after the 1st Booster if you are:

  • An adult aged 50 years and above
  • Moderately or severely immunocompromised However, if you took Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine as the primary series, the criteria for the booster doses are:

1st Booster: CDC recommends a booster of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine:

  • At least 2 months after the primary series for most people
  • At least 2 months after the additional dose of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for moderately or severely immunocompromised people

2nd Booster: You can choose to get a booster of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after the 1st booster if you:

  • Got Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for both your primary dose and 1st booster
  • An adult of age 50 years and above
  • Moderately or severely immunocompromised

Children and teens ages 12–17:

The eligibility criteria for children and teens in this age group who took Pfizer-BioNTech are:

1st Booster: CDC recommends a booster of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine:

  • At least 5 months after the final dose in the primary series
  • At least 3 months after the primary series for moderately or severely compromised children and teens

2nd Booster You can choose a second booster of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine if you are moderately and severely immunocompromised at least 4 months after the 1st booster.

Children ages 5–11:

The pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose may be given to children aged 5 – 11 years who:

  • Have completed a primary course of vaccination three or more months ago,
  • Are severely immunocompromised, and
  • Have complex/multiple health conditions that increase the risk of severe COVID-19

What is the difference between the monovalent and bivalent COVID-19 vaccines?

A monovalent vaccine contains mRNA components from only the original strain of SARS-CoV-2, while a bivalent vaccine contains mRNA components from two virus strains. As a result, bivalent vaccines provide more comprehensive protection against multiple strains of COVID-19.

Who is eligible for the Bivalent COVID-19 vaccine?

The bivalent COVID-19 vaccine has now been authorized for use in children aged 5 – 11 years. A bivalent COVID-19 booster is recommended as:

  • a single booster dose of bivalent Moderna vaccines for people aged 18 years and above
  • a single booster dose of bivalent Pfizer vaccine for people aged 12 years and above
  • a single booster dose at least two months after completing the primary series or taking booster vaccination

If you need assistance scheduling your booster dose, contact the facility that helped you set up your previous appointment. In addition, you can use these CDC resources to find a vaccine provider near you.

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