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Q: If I tested positive for COVID, how long would I have to wait to receive the booster?

If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19, it is important to isolate yourself until symptoms resolve before planning to get a booster dose. To qualify for a booster dose, you must be at least 12 years or older, and at least five months past your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two months past a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If you qualify, are COVID-19 symptom free, and are no longer required to isolate, you should get the booster dose as soon as possible.

Getting the booster dose is extremely important as it provides another layer of protection against COVID-19 and especially the highly transmissible Omicron variant. Health experts are finding that the protection offered from the initial dose(s) of the vaccine does decrease over time. The booster dose is a safe and very effective way to continue to protect yourself and your community from COVID-19 and gives your immune system that extra “boost” of protection. The booster dose is also safe and provides protection to individuals that have already been infected with COVID-19.

The Maui Health’s Vaccine Clinic located in the main lobby of Maui Memorial Medical Center is open Monday through Friday, from 9 am – 12 noon and 1 pm to 5 pm. Walk-ins are accepted. For more information, please visit

Michael J. Shea , MD

Critical Care Medicine

Maui Memorial Medical Center
221 Mahalani Street
Wailuku, HI 96793