On Nov. 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters for adults 18 years old and older.
The booster dose is recommended for individuals that completed an mRNA sequence at least six months ago. The purpose of a booster is to enhance the protective benefit of the vaccine in preventing COVID-19 infections, according to a news release from Tri-County. This helps prevent COVID-19 illness and hospitalization.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices released the following guidelines:
These individuals should receive the booster:
50 years old and older
18 years old and older living in a long-term care facility
These individuals may receive the booster:
Adults 18 years old and older
Anyone who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine should get a booster dose of the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months after the first dose.
Studies indicate the COVID-19 infection rate is 11 times lower roughly two weeks after the booster dose. The rate of severe COVID-19 infection is almost 20 times lower following the booster dose, according to the release.
The booster is available at Tri-County Health Care. You can call 218-631-3510 to schedule a vaccine appointment, whether for your first dose or booster. All COVID-19 vaccines are 100% free. Tri-County does not charge an administration fee.
For more information about COVID-19 and Tri-County Health Care’s immunization efforts, visit tchc.org/covid19.