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Pacific County providers are now offering booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine! The booster doses are currently recommended for people who received Pfizer for their first 2 doses and who completed their initial Pfizer series over 6 months ago, and fall into one of the following groups:
• People are over the age of 65; OR
• People 65 and older; OR
• Residents in long-term care facilities
• People 50-64 years old with underlying medical conditions
• People 18-49 years old with underlying medical conditions
• And people 18-64 years old who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their occupation may receive a booster, based on their individual benefits and risks.
According to the CDC, occupations at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission include front line essential workers and health care workers, including:
• First responders (healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
• Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
• Food and agriculture workers
• Manufacturing workers
• Corrections workers
• U.S. Postal Service workers
• Public transit workers
• Grocery store workers
If you meet all of the requirements above, you are eligible for a booster vaccine. If you are unable to get an appointment at one of the above listed clinics, please be patient. We have plenty of vaccine for everyone and additional clinics are scheduled continuously. You can find additional booster dose clinics as they are scheduled, on our website at www.pacificcountycovid19.com.
Booster Dose Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I get a booster dose?
Answer: Anywhere offering Pfizer vaccine. The booster doses are the same as the first and second Pfizer doses, so you can get a booster dose from medical clinics and pharmacies offering Pfizer vaccine. You can find a location near you by searching www.pacificcountycovid19.com
Can I get my booster dose at the same time as my flu shot?
Answer: Yes – great idea! You can get your COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other vaccines, including the annual influenza vaccine.
If I need a booster, does that mean the vaccine isn’t working?
Answer: No. COVID-19 vaccines continue to be very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death, including against the delta variant. But studies are showing that protection against mild and moderate illness may decrease over time, especially among certain higher risk groups. Getting a booster dose 6 months after completing the first two doses will provide an increased immune response and better protection against COVID-19.
Am I still considered fully vaccinated if I do not get a booster?
Answer: Yes. People are still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).
What about people who got Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines?
Answer: The current booster dose recommendations apply only to those who received the Pfizer vaccine. Federal health officials will review data on the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines in the coming weeks and may issue booster dose recommendations for those vaccines in the future.
More information about the CDC recommendations for Pfizer booster doses is available here: https://www.cdc.gov/.../2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot