State health official: Vaccine boosters available for those who qualify

Covid Vaccine Booster

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris shared the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s latest guidelines on COVID-19 vaccine boosters Friday.

According to Harris and the CDC, Pfizer booster doses are available for certain populations who have received the full Pfizer two-dose series at least six months ago.

The CDC recommends Pfizer booster doses for anyone 65 years or older, those in long-term care settings and many immunocompromised people with certain diseases or health issues.

“That would be nursing home residents or people who are in assisted living or care-assisted living facilities as well as anyone over 65 years of age, those people should receive a booster dose,” Harris said. “People who are 50 and up who have certain underlying medical conditions should also receive a booster dose.”.

Anyone between 18 and 49 who has underlying medical conditions may get a booster shot if their doctor recommends one, Harris said. Those who are 50 or older with underlying medical conditions are recommended for a booster shot.

“It really depends on people’s individual risk and benefits, and that’s a distinguishing factor they’ll have to have with their health care provider,” Harris said.

Anyone 18 or older who is at an increased risk of getting COVID-19 based on their job or living situation can get a booster shot, Harris said.

“Our interpretation at this point is that we will use the same guidelines that we used when we were first rolling out the vaccination program,” Harris said. “That’s going to include health care workers, first responders, it is going to include educators and grocery workers, and it’s going to include daycare workers.”

Booster shots for those who took the Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccine are still being evaluated and will be rolled out at a later date.

If you have questions or concerns regarding whether or not you qualify for a COVID-19 booster shot, talk to your health care provider.

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