Monday, November 22, 2021

Uptick in COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Administered Following Expanded Eligibility

 

APH administers more than 800 booster shots over the weekend

Following the authorization of expanded Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot eligibility by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Friday, Austin Public Health (APH) is offering booster shots for all individuals who are 18 years and older and fully vaccinated. Individuals are strongly encouraged to receive the booster doses as they provide additional protection from the virus and its variants. APH administered 816 boosters over the weekend, an increase of 144 percent over the previous week’s 334 doses. 

Moderna and Pfizer doses, along with Johnson & Johnson vaccines, are available at APH locations as well as pharmacies, medical offices and community clinics throughout the Austin-Travis County metropolitan area. 

“As we are learning more about the vaccines, we know it is important for individuals to get a booster to help stay protected against COVID-19,” said Dr. Desmar Walkes, Austin-Travis County Health Authority. “With the latest changes, it's recommended that anyone 18 and older get their booster when eligible. This is a critical step in ensuring we prevent future surges of COVID-19 cases.” 

Studies have shown the protection of the vaccine decreases over time and requires booster doses to help maintain maximum effectiveness. Those most affected by a decline in vaccine protection are: 

However, it is recommended that all individuals over the age of 18 receive booster doses to help stay protected from COVID-19. Individuals who received their second Pfizer or Moderna dose at least six months ago are eligible. For Johnson & Johnson, individuals can get a booster two months after receiving the initial dose. 

Under previous guidance from the CDC, eligible individuals can choose which vaccine they receive as a “mix-and-match” booster dose. Please remember to bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Card showing the original doses when going for booster shots.  

“Expanding booster access is an important step to ensure everyone can stay protected and healthy,” said Adrienne Sturrup, APH Interim Director. “We cannot get complacent – we must continue to work together to protect our families and loved ones by getting our booster shots.”

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources  

COVID-19 vaccinations are free and require neither identification nor insurance. Residents can locate providers in their area using Vaccines.gov (Vacunas.gov in Spanish), or they can text their zip code to 438829 (822862 in Spanish) to find a nearby clinic.  
   
For additional business guidance, visit www.ATXrecovers.com for recommendations to help prioritize the well-being of employees and customers.   
   
For COVID-19 information and updates, visit www.AustinTexas.gov/COVID19.

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