The Jefferson County Health Department confirmed Friday that it has Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine available for those now eligible for booster shots.
On Thursday, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the administration of a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine to counter waning immunity in specific populations following a Food and Drug Administration’s decision to expand its Emergency Use Authorization to include the boosters.
The single booster dose can be administered at least six months after completion of the second dose and applies only to individuals who previously received the Pfizer vaccine. Individuals who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines are not eligible at this time but booster doses of those vaccines are currently pending approval.
According to the CDC, the booster should be administered to individuals age 65 and older, residents of long-term care facilities, and individuals age 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions that put them at high risk of severe COVID-19.
Additionally, the booster may be received based on individual benefits and risks by individuals 18 to 49 with underlying medical conditions and individuals 18 to 64 who are at high risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of an occupational or institutional risk.
Eligible Hoosiers who want to obtain a booster dose can go to www.ourshot.in.gov and search for a site that offers the Pfizer vaccine, which is designated PVAX, or call 211 for assistance. Hoosiers are encouraged to bring their vaccination card to their appointment to ensure the booster dose is added.
Meanwhile, in the last two days there have been 46 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson County while Carroll County has recorded 26, Switzerland County 11 and Trimble County six.
Jefferson County’s positivity rate is 12.6% while Switzerland County is at 11.8%, Carroll County is at 16.24% and Trimble County is at 12.14%.
As of Friday afternoon, 52.6% of Jefferson County’s eligible residents have been vaccinated.
The Indiana Department of Health will be hosting a drive-through COVID testing site and COVID vaccination site from noon until 8 p.m. today at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital main campus parking lot, 1373 East State Road 62, in Madison. The drive-through site will offer both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.