LAST UPDATED: November 3, 2021
While the U.S. has already started giving booster shots to people over 65, Canada is lagging behind on the booster shot front and most snowbirds will be gone to their winter destinations before they are available here.
Accordingly, many snowbirds are wondering if they will be eligible to get their booster shots in the U.S. this winter.
Snowbird Advisor checked with the departments of health in Florida, Arizona, California, Texas, Hawaii and South Carolina to get statements on the booster policy positions.
- Florida, Arizona, California and Texas all confirmed that anyone can get a booster shot in their state provided they are in the right age group. It was suggested this could be done at a drug store or anywhere that booster shots are being given out.
Only Florida may ask for proof of residency in the form of a utility bill, etc. but it was thought unlikely. Arizona, California and Texas said proof of residency would not be necessary.
- Hawaii provided the following statement, which indicates that Canadians will not be able to get booster shots there this winter: “COVID-19 vaccines allocated to Hawaii are intended for use by U.S. citizens and U.S. residents. Visitors from abroad are advised to get their vaccinations, including boosters, before visiting the islands”.
- South Carolina had not responded to our request at the time this article was published. We will provide an update if and when they respond.
We suggest you confirm with your own doctor what is the optimum time to receive your booster. Generally, it is recommended that it is at least 6-8 months after your 2nd shot.