COVID booster available to eligible persons

COVID booster available to eligible persons
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The Tuscarawas County Health Department is now offering the Pfizer/Comirnaty COVID-19 booster doses to eligible persons.

                        

The Tuscarawas County Health Department is now offering the Pfizer/Comirnaty COVID-19 booster doses to eligible persons. If you received the Pfizer vaccine series and are either 65 and older, have underlying conditions, or live or work in a setting that puts you at risk for exposure, you can get a booster dose when at least six months have passed after your second dose.

For example, a person who received his/her second dose of the Pfizer series on or before March 28 of this year can now schedule a booster dose through TCHD by calling 330-343-5555 ext. 174 or 181 to make an appointment. Phone lines are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by attending one of the vaccine outreach events. No appointment is needed for the outreach events.

People do not need to get their booster dose at the same location where they received their first and second doses, and people are encouraged to continue working with TCHD or reach out to other local vaccine providers for their COVID-19 vaccine needs.

TCHD asks people keep any appointment they make. Bring your COVID-19 vaccine card. However, if you have lost your vaccine card, a new card can be provided to document your booster dose.

Those who are eligible should allow two to three weeks to get their booster dose. COVID-19 booster recipients will be asked to attest they meet one of the eligibility requirements, but specific proof will not be required.

Eligibility for the Pfizer/Comirnaty COVID-19 booster includes the following:

—People 65 years or older or residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot.

—People age 50-64 with certain underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot.

—People age 18-49 with certain underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risk. The CDC has indicated this is a determination made by the vaccine recipient.

—People age 18 and older who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their job or living in an institutional setting may receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risk. The CDC has indicated this is a determination made by the vaccine recipient.

Underlying medical conditions can be found at the following CDC link at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html?fbclid=IwAR3XWfsA_Gkf6xNfzEn_DCwtruCtUgpgZyP_GE-U5UapRBduCcECUhcGo3o.

Recipients of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines do not need booster doses at this time; however, the FDA will review data and determine if and when booster doses for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are needed.


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