Revealed on September 24, 2021
Booster doses now accepted for sure teams, together with individuals age 65 and older
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Well being Division (LLCHD) at the moment introduced it plans to begin booster dose clinics subsequent week. The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) at the moment accepted a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for sure teams and in addition really useful a booster dose for these in high-risk office or institutional settings.
The CDC recommends:
- Individuals age 65 and older and residents in long-term care settings ought to obtain a booster dose.
- Individuals age 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions ought to obtain a booster dose.
- Individuals age 18 to 49 with underlying medical conditions could obtain a booster dose primarily based on their particular person advantages and dangers.
- Individuals age 18 to 64 who’re at elevated danger for COVID-19 publicity and transmission due to occupational or institutional setting could obtain a booster dose primarily based on their particular person advantages and dangers.
The CDC advice follows authorization on Wednesday by the Meals and Drug Administration. The booster dose advice solely applies to individuals who have obtained two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The booster dose shall be given no less than six months after the second dose.
“We’re awaiting some ultimate steerage from the CDC, which is predicted quickly. Within the meantime, we’ve put our plans into motion so we may be prepared to begin offering booster doses subsequent week,” mentioned Pat Lopez, Well being Director. “COVID-19 vaccines proceed to supply robust safety towards extreme illness, hospitalization and demise. But it surely’s frequent for cover from vaccines to lower over time. A booster dose helps maximize the present safety an individual already has towards COVID-19.”
LLCHD shall be offering Pfizer booster doses by appointment solely by way of designated booster clinics and shall be utilizing an method just like the preliminary rollout of COVID-19 vaccine – transferring by way of age and precedence teams in phases. It would begin with clinics for individuals age 80 and older. On Monday, September 27, LLCHD will start contacting individuals in that age group by electronic mail or cellphone to schedule an appointment for his or her booster. Extra particulars on upcoming clinics shall be supplied within the close to future.
A number of native pharmacies may even be offering booster doses. Discover a pharmacy close to you at vaccines.gov or by texting your Zip code to 438829. Potential booster dose suggestions for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are nonetheless being decided and LLCHD will present extra data as soon as it turns into out there.
For extra data on COVID-19 vaccine, go to COVID19.lincoln.ne.gov or name the Well being Division at 402-441-4200.