All Booster Shots to be available at PCHD next week

All COVID-19 Booster doses will be available at the Pike County Health Department beginning on Wednesday, October 27th  and will be offering a mass clinic style MODERNA COVID-19 Booster clinic on Tuesday, November 2nd. The CDC recently released a statement recommending COVID-19 booster shots for certain populations. There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others, may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

Booster Basics:

  • Must qualify under at least one of the following conditions:
    • 65 years of age and older and/or residents in long-term care settings
    • 18–64 years of age with underlying medical conditions
    • 18-64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting (e.g. frontline medical workers, teachers, and first responders) 
    • Previously received a 1 dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
  • For previous Pfizer OR Moderna recipients, you must wait 6 months since your 2nd dose before receiving the booster.
  • For previous Johnson & Johnson recipients, you must wait 2 months since your 1st dose before receiving the booster.
  • Please bring your COVID-19 Vaccine Card.

 

Getting your COVID-19 Vaccines:

  • Pfizer: Mondays by appointment
  • Moderna: Wednesdays by appointment & Special Booster Clinic held on Tuesday, Nov. 2nd.
  • Johnson & Johnson: Monday – Friday, no appointment necessary

 

Available data right now show that all three of the COVID-19 vaccines approved or authorized in the United States continue to be highly effective in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself and reduce the spread of the virus and help prevent new variants from emerging.

 

We encourage the public to decide which vaccine is right for them and contact us with any questions. Visit our website at www.pikecountyhealth.org  to schedule an appointment, read the CDC’s full press release, and find more resources on the COVID-19 vaccines.

 

READ THE CDC MEDIA RELEASE HERE:

CDC Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 21, 2021
Contact: Media Relations
(404) 639-3286

Today, CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation for a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccines in certain populations. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorizationexternal icon and CDC’s recommendation for use are important steps forward as we work to stay ahead of the virus and keep Americans safe.

For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:

For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others, may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

Millions of people are newly eligible to receive a booster shot and will benefit from additional protection. However, today’s action should not distract from the critical work of ensuring that unvaccinated people take the first step and get an initial COVID-19 vaccine. More than 65 million Americans remain unvaccinated, leaving themselves – and their children, families, loved ones, and communities– vulnerable.

Available data right now show that all three of the COVID-19 vaccines approved or authorized in the United States continue to be highly effective in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself and reduce the spread of the virus and help prevent new variants from emerging.

The following is attributable to Dr. Walensky:

“These recommendations are another example of our fundamental commitment to protect as many people as possible from COVID-19. The evidence shows that all three COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States are safe – as demonstrated by the over 400 million vaccine doses already given. And, they are all highly effective in reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even in the midst of the widely circulating Delta variant.”

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