Pfizer booster: TCHD ‘We ask for patience during this period of high demand’

JACKSON, Wyo. — Yesterday, Sept. 23, advisors to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to be administered to those at highest risk for COVID-19.

The Teton County Health Department announced today, they are working on expanding their clinic capacities and scaling up, calling on volunteers to help in the efforts.

In the press release, the health department said, “We would like to remind the community that this additional large-scale vaccination effort will exceed our current infrastructure, and we ask for patience during this period of high demand.”

Visit the Health Department’s website for more details on how you can schedule your vaccine appointment and for the latest COVID-19 related information.

The CDC recommends the Pfizer booster for:

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

This authorization applies only to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. If you received a full series of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, a booster shot is not authorized at this time. However, individuals with moderate to severe immunocompromised conditions are eligible for an additional dose of the Moderna vaccine. Individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are not authorized to receive a booster dose at this time.

All the COVID-19 vaccines continue to be remarkably effective in reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, including against the delta variant.

Nearly all cases of severe disease, hospitalization, and death continue to occur in people who are not yet vaccinated. Teton County Health Department continues to prioritize and encourage those who haven’t been vaccinated yet to get vaccinated right away.

About The Author

Buckrail @ Lindsay

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.

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