Rappahannock Area Health District booster shot information
From the Rappahannock Area Health District:
We understand that there is an awful lot of information floating around right now about 3rd doses and booster shots for #COVID19vaccines. Some of the information may seem pretty confusing and we know it can all get overwhelming.
As of right now, today, 3rd doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available for those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised- see list here: https://www.cdc.gov/…/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html
Anyone who is eligible for a 3rd dose must have had their 2nd dose at least 28 days ago. Those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are not included in this group (more information can be found on page linked above).
It’s important to note that a 3rd dose for those who are immunocompromised is NOT the same as a booster shot for the rest of the population. People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems may not build the same level of immunity to 2-dose vaccine series compared to people who are not immunocompromised.
We have received word that the White House has recommended a booster shot for those (who are not immunocompromised) beginning 8 months from their 2nd dose- again, this does not include those who received the J&J vaccine. We also understand that the CDC is discussing this recommendation and boosters may be available beginning September 20th. At this time, again, TODAY, the FDA has not authorized a COVID-19 booster shot- RAHD, like the rest of you, is awaiting word on this.
If the FDA does approve a booster, will we roll-out doses based on risk categories, as we did when the vaccine was first made available? Perhaps, but we do not have details on this just yet.
As more information becomes available, we will, as always, share it with our communities. We ask for your patience as we plan for any changes to established vaccination recommendations. If/when a booster is authorized, everyone who wants one will be able to get it- we’ve got ya!
Your dedicated public health team at RAHD
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