Given the increase of COVID-19 in our region, now is a good time to ensure you’re up-to-date on the boosters. Our COVID-19 inpatient census has risen to more than 150, while the region’s positivity rate is higher than 35%.
In addition to an initial booster, many people might also be eligible and recommended to receive the second booster and either don’t realize it, or simply haven’t gotten around to it yet. But the vaccine boosters can help protect you, especially as the effectiveness of a previous COVID-19 vaccination wanes over time.
- People are protected best from severe COVID-19 illness when they stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, which includes getting all recommended boosters when eligible.
- There are different COVID-19 vaccine recommendations for people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.
- It is never too late to get the added protection offered by a COVID-19 booster.
Who can get a booster?
Everyone ages 5 years and older should get one booster after completing their COVID-19 vaccine primary series, if eligible.
Who can get a second booster?
Adults ages 50 and older, and some people ages 12 and up who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.
Where can I get a COVID-19 booster shot?
The vaccine boosters are available at most major pharmacies, through your primary care provider or at the local health department. To find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you, search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html, or ask your facility infection prevention specialist.