The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that the Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for booster doses for certain individuals at least six months after completion of the primary series starting September 24, 2021. The eligible groups include:
• people 65 years and older, and residents in long-term care settings
• people age 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions*
• people age 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions*, based on their individual benefits and risks
• people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional settings, including healthcare workers, based on their individual benefits and risks
Moderna is not yet approved for booster doses.
Since August, third doses of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines have been available for those who have moderate to severe compromised immune systems. In August, the CDC recommended that immunocompromised individuals get a third dose of vaccine to improve their protection against COVID-19.
Currently, Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 has not been approved for either a booster dose or an additional dose.
Robert Dickinson, health officer of the Vineland Health Department, urges those who are currently eligible to seek out the booster or third dose they need.
The Vineland Health Department is ready to serve those in need of a vaccine. Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available at the following clinics. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are appreciated.
Former Vineland Amish Marketplace (rear entrance located at 600 block of E. Elmer Street)
• Friday, October 8, from 4 to 6 p.m.
• Thursday, October 14, from 4 to 6 p.m.
• Friday, October 22, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
• Thursday, October 28, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and FREE (regardless of insurance or immigration status). For those in need of homebound vaccination, please call the Vineland Public Health Nursing Division at 856-794-4000 ext. 4806.
*For more information about COVID-19 vaccines and current eligibility for third doses or boosters, visit vldhealth.org.