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Wahzhazhe Health Center expands COVID-19 booster eligibility

The Wahzhazhe Health Center is expanding its COVID-19 vaccine booster eligibility to include all adults who are 18 and older in accordance with the latest Centers for Disease Control recommendations.

On Nov. 22, the WZZHC announced it “expanded the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 and Moderna vaccine for individuals 18 years of age after completion of an FDA-authorized or approved primary COVID-19 vaccine or vaccine series,” according to a news release. Those who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine are also eligible for a vaccine booster.

The updated vaccine and booster criteria now reads:

“WZZHC is providing COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters to all Native American and non-Native eligible individuals, which include:

● Everyone 5 years of age and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

● If you are 18 years and older and have been fully vaccinated with a Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you are now eligible for a booster shot.”

On Nov. 19, the Food and Drug Administration authorized booster doses for any adult, lifting restrictions that had been imposed last month, according to a USA Today story. Later in the day, a panel of independent experts voted unanimously to support boosters for all and to particularly encourage people over 50 to get them after reviewing safety data and information about the benefit they provide. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky quickly signed off on the shots.

The decision means all adults who received either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna vaccines at least six months ago are now eligible for a third dose. People who received the vaccine from Johnson & Johnson more than two months ago were already eligible for boosters, USA Today reported.

At the WZZHC, “individuals should bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card to your booster shot appointment so your provider can fill in the information about your booster dose,” the release stated. “If you did not receive a card at your first appointment, contact the vaccination site where you got your first shot or your state health department to find out how you can get a card. You may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot. Some people may prefer the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots. WZZHC has all three COVID-19 vaccinations available.”

Individuals with questions regarding COVID-19, vaccinations, boosters, or scheduling a COVID-19 test can call the WZZHC COVID-19 hotline at (918) 287-0028. Additional information from the CDC is also online at www.cdc.gov