The Centers for Disease Control and the Federal Drug Administration have approved single booster doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for vulnerable Americans.
The CDC recommends that these groups receive a booster dose:
- People 65 and older who are living in long-term care facilities
- People 50-64 with underlying medical conditions
- People 18-64 with underlying medical conditions, based on their individual benefits and risks
- People 18-64 who are at an increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their occupation.
The approval only applies to the Pfizer vaccine, not the Moderna.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health will begin administering the boosters to these groups on Sept. 24.
“The booster dose recommendation doesn’t mean that the vaccine doesn’t work, or that it doesn’t work as well as we predicted. It just means that health professionals have determined that a booster dose provides an additional layer of protection,” said Dr. Gitanjali Pai, Chief Medical Officer for the state of Oklahoma. “By layering mitigation methods, including booster doses and other methods like the 3 W’s, we can effectively slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent severe symptoms.”
You can find vaccine appointments at local pharmacies or by calling 211.
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