At this time, there is no recommendation for fully-vaccinated individuals to receive a booster dose.
August 17, 2022
This message was sent via secure message to registered Morningside/Manhattaville students on Wednesday, August 17, 2022.
We know some of you may have questions about polio vaccines considering recent indicators of polio virus in New York City and nearby counties.
If you are fully vaccinated
At this time, there is no recommendation for fully-vaccinated individuals to receive a booster dose. As always, the University will communicate if there are any updates or changes in recommendations.
Most adults do not need the polio vaccine because they were already vaccinated as children.
If you are unvaccinated
Anyone who is unvaccinated – including those who are pregnant with an increased risk of exposure – and people who have not completed their polio vaccine series should get vaccinated right away. While children should get vaccinated beginning at 2 months of age, it's never too late to decide to get vaccinated.
Adults who are unvaccinated, or uncertain if they have been fully immunized, should receive:
The first dose at any time, as soon as possible
The second dose 1 to 2 months later
The third dose 6 to 12 months after the second
If you are not fully vaccinated
Adults who have had 1 or 2 doses of polio vaccine in the past should get the remaining 1 or 2 doses. It doesn't matter how long it has been since previous dose(s). Adults who have previously completed a routine series of polio vaccine (IPV or OPV) and are at increased risk of exposure to poliovirus, including certain healthcare workers and travelers to countries where polio remains endemic, can receive one lifetime booster dose of IPV.