State health officials announce certain Hoosiers eligible for COVID-19 booster shot

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Health announced Friday that booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine are now available to eligible Hoosiers following federal authorization.

The CDC on Thursday recommended the administration of a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine to counter waning immunity in certain populations following the FDA’s decision to expand its Emergency Use Authorization to include booster shots.

Prior to this, the FDA had authorized a third dose, of either Pfizer or Moderna, for immunocompromised people who did not build protection from the vaccine.

The single booster dose can be administered at least six months after completion of the second dose and is only available to those who received the Pfizer vaccine initially. Those who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines are not eligible at this time.

According to the CDC:

  • Individuals ages 65 and older and residents of long-term care facilities should receive a booster dose.
  • Individuals ages 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions that put them at high risk of severe COVID-19 should receive a booster dose.
  • Individuals ages 18 to 49 with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster dose based on their individual benefits and risks.
  • Individuals ages 18 to 64 who are at high risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of an occupational or institutional risk of exposure may receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks.

Those eligible and who want to get a booster dose can go to www.ourshot.in.gov and search for a vaccine site with the Pfizer vaccine, which is designated by PVAX, available. People may also call 211 for assistance. Hoosiers are being encouraged by the state to bring their vaccination card to their appointment to ensure that the booster dose is added.

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