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Booster shots rolled out for qualifying individuals

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Grant Phillips, Ojai Valley News reporter

On Monday, Sept. 27, Ventura County Public Health announced it is now administering Pfizer booster shots for eligible residents at any vaccination site offering the Pfizer vaccine.

 

The booster is recommended six months or later following a primary vaccination series for those:

• Age 65 years and older

• Age 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions or at increased risk of social inequities (including communities of color and others at risk of inequities)

• Long-term-care residents

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

• Age 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions

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

The Centers for Disease Control 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 Food and Drug Administration and CDC review the data and determine the need for and safety of boosters.

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

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

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 call: 833-422-4255.

 

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