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Booster shots rolled out for 65+, long term care residents, and those with underlying conditions

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On Monday, Sept. 27, Ventura County Public Health announced they were now administering Pfizer booster shots for eligible residents throughout the county.

Following the Centers for Disease Control as well as the California Department of Public Health endorsements, Ventura County residents who qualify can now start receiving their booster doses at any vaccination site offering the Pfizer vaccine.

The booster vaccine is recommended six months or later following a primary vaccination series.

People who should receive the booster shot include:

  • Age 65 years and older
  • Long term care residents
  • Age 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions or at increased risk of social inequities (including communities of color and other at risk of inequities)

People who may consider receiving a booster shot based on individual benefits and risks include:

  • Age 18 through 49 years with underlying medical conditions
  • Age 18-64 who are at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 due to their occupation or institutional setting (healthcare workers, first responders, teachers and day care staff, grocery workers, farmworkers, and workers in homeless shelters or prisons).

The CDC website will continue to list specific definitions for underlying medical conditions and high risk occupational settings at: https://www.cdc.gov/

Those who received either the Moderna or the Johnson & Johnson vaccines will need to wait until the FDA and CDC review the data and determine the need for and safety of boosters for these vaccines.

Ventura County Public Health Director Rigoberto Vargas clarified the priority is for those at the highest risk.

“The focus remains on vaccinating those at greatest risk for getting infected, being hospitalized, and dying from COVID,” said Vargas. Especially “those who have not been fully vaccinated.”

Vaccine locations can be found by visiting: www.vaccines.gov or by calling: 1-800-232-0233.

To make an appointment, eligible residents are also encouraged to visit MyTurn.ca.gov or give a call to 833-422-4255.

 

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