The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved an expansion of eligibility for the COVID-19 booster shot on Thursday, Oct. 21.
According to the CDC, individuals who received the initial series of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago and meet the following criteria are eligible for the booster:
Age 65 years and older
Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
Age 18+ who have underlying health conditions
Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
Those 18 years and older who received the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine are eligible for the booster two months after the single-dose shot.
The three booster shots are the same formulation as the COVID-19 vaccines, according to the CDC. Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson shots include the same dosage amount. Moderna is half the original dosage.
According to the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, it is recommended the booster administered be the same as the initial vaccine, but “mixing vaccine types was also approved for the booster doses only.” Those with additional questions should contact their healthcare provider.
The Springfield-Greene County Health Department offers a questionnaire on their website for those curious about booster eligibility.
As of Oct. 29, individuals do not need to receive the booster to be considered “fully vaccinated.”
According to the CDC, everyone is considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after receiving the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or two weeks after receiving the single dose of Johnson and Johnson.
An interactive “Find a Vaccine” map is accessible on the Springfield-Greene County Health Department website, which lists community events, healthcare clinics and pharmacies offering the vaccines, boosters and flu shots in the county.
Springfield-Greene County Health Department Public Health Information Administrator, Aaron Schekorra, said the health department opened a vaccination clinic, which offers the three vaccines and boosters.
The vaccination clinic, located at 1425 E. Battlefield Road, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-ins are welcomed, but appointments are encouraged. Appointments can be made here.
Missouri State University’s Magers Health and Wellness Center is administering the Pfizer booster. Appointments can be scheduled through the Magers MyHealth Portal. Call the front desk receptionists at 417-836-4000 with questions.
Vaccination cards should be brought along to booster appointments.
Magers recommends Missouri State students and employees who were vaccinated somewhere other than Magers update their vaccination status at the university by:
Emailing a photo of the front and backside of the card to MagersMedicalRecords@MissouriState.edu
Bringing the physical card to Magers
Faxing a copy to 417-836-4133
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