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COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Information for NIH Staff

The NIH is pleased to announce that Pfizer (now known as Comirnaty) and Moderna COVID-19 boosters will be offered to a limited portion of the NIH staff starting on November 1. For now, we are only able to provide a booster from the same manufacturer as your primary vaccination series (e.g. Pfizer = Pfizer). While we are offering these limited opportunities for COVID-19 vaccinations and booster doses, we continue to recommend NIH staff utilize community opportunities to receive their booster if possible. To find a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, visit, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233.

Important: Based on the current Safer Federal Workforce mandate (​), at this time boosters are voluntary and not required to meet the definition of "fully vaccinated" and need not be reported.

Staff are eligible to make appointments if they:

  • Received either Pfizer or Moderna doses at the NIH.
  • Are in vaccination phases 1A, 1B and Office of Research Facilities staff in 2B (this qualifies as working in a high-risk setting).

Maryland staff will receive email invitations from "OMS Covid Vaccine Program" ( For staff at Rocky Mountain Laboratories and Research Triangle Park, specifics will be provided on dates and times directly from the ICOs located there.

Staff will be invited to make an appointment in the order in which they received their second dose, once they are at 6 months past dose 2 and fit the criteria listed above. Additional dates may be scheduled, based on demand and dose availability.

If, after receiving the email invitation, you need assistance scheduling your appointment or don't have access to VPN, please call that COVID-19 Call Center at 301-480-8990. Supervisors, if you have staff that do not have VPN or computer access, please provide the necessary assistance to allow them to schedule an appointment. Appointments are available on a first come, first serve basis, and once your appointment has been scheduled, you will receive a confirmation email.

Please arrive promptly at your scheduled time and do not arrive more than 10 minutes early to minimize the number of people waiting in line. Allow 20-40 minutes for your appointment (check-in, vaccination, observation area 15-30 minutes). If you exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms the day of your appointment, please do not come in, call the COVID-19 Call Center, and reschedule.

Wishing you continued safety and health.

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