CDC RECOMMENDS BOOSTER DOSE FOR THOSE IN HIGH RISK OCCUPATIONAL AND INSTITUTIONAL SETTINGS

LEE COUNTY, NC – September 24, 2021 – The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director is recommending a booster dose for anyone in high risk and institutional settings.  This recommendation is for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and it must be administered at least six months after the completion of their Pfizer vaccine primary series.    

CDC recommends:

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series;
  • People aged 50 to 64 with certain underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series;
  • People 18 to 49 who are at high risk for severe COVID-19 due to certain underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks; and 
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

If you are not sure whether you are eligible for an additional dose (booster shot) of the COVID-19 vaccine, you can discuss it with your primary care physician.

Heath Cain, Director of the LCHD said, “We will now be able to provide booster vaccines to more residents in our community.  This helps us all as we work together to mitigate the spread of the virus. The health department has a spot for your shot.”

Appointments may be scheduled:

Booster vaccinations will be administered at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center, located at 1801 Nash Street in Sanford, beginning September 28th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Any individual who is interested in receiving the booster vaccine must bring their COVID-19 vaccination card with them and proof of ID to streamline the vaccination process.

For additional information about COVID-19 booster shot vaccinations, call the Lee County Health Department at (919) 842-5744; media questions may be directed to Hailey Hall with Lee County Government at (919) 718-4605 ext. 5521 or hhall@leecountync.gov.

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