COVID booster shots: Who is eligible and where you can get one – WESH 2 Orlando

COVID booster shots: Who is eligible and where you can get one – WESH 2 Orlando

Some people can now get a COVID booster shot. Last week, the FDA granted emergency use authorization to Pfizer and Moderna and the CDC updated its guidance on a third vaccine. Over the weekend, CVS and Walgreens started offering booster shots to people with compromised immune systems, including people undergoing cancer treatments, stem cell or organ transplant recipients and people living with HIV. The pharmacies are operating on an honor system by requiring that people attest that they are in fact immunocompromised. People must also bring their vaccine card.In Brevard County, Health First is offering booster shots. The healthcare group also requires people bring their vaccine card and they must also provide a prescription order from a doctor. They have two pharmacies that are administering boosters, one at 1223 Gateway Drive in Melbourne and another at 8725 North Wickham Road in Viera. Meanwhile, county health departments are waiting for more guidance from the CDC.“That’s the huge question. The question is: Do they require a prescription or a doctor’s note? Well that’s going to be challenging because doctors’ offices are extremely busy right now because people are sick,” said Alan Harris. Harris is Seminole County’s emergency manager. He said they are ready to host their first booster site and are aiming for Eastmonte Park on Wednesday, but they need the CDC to weigh in on requirements first. “Once they tell us that, we can move forward,” he said. Harris said when Seminole County opens up its booster sites, they will only be for third shots and appointments will be required. Booster events will be held at different locations throughout the county. For people who got a Johnson and Johnson vaccine, there is not approval for a booster yet. “It’s really upon J&J, Johnson & Johnson, and the CDC, FDA to identify when they want to launch that booster and when they need to launch that booster,” Harris said. “Once they do that, then we as the operational people here on the ground will make that happen. But right now, they haven’t given us the direction to allow it, therefore we can’t issue it.”According to the CDC, people should wait at least 28 days after getting their second shot before getting a booster. And they should get the same vaccine they got the first two times.

Some people can now get a COVID booster shot.

Last week, the FDA granted emergency use authorization to Pfizer and Moderna and the CDC updated its guidance on a third vaccine.

Over the weekend, CVS and Walgreens started offering booster shots to people with compromised immune systems, including people undergoing cancer treatments, stem cell or organ transplant recipients and people living with HIV.

The pharmacies are operating on an honor system by requiring that people attest that they are in fact immunocompromised. People must also bring their vaccine card.

In Brevard County, Health First is offering booster shots. The healthcare group also requires people bring their vaccine card and they must also provide a prescription order from a doctor. They have two pharmacies that are administering boosters, one at 1223 Gateway Drive in Melbourne and another at 8725 North Wickham Road in Viera.

Meanwhile, county health departments are waiting for more guidance from the CDC.

“That’s the huge question. The question is: Do they require a prescription or a doctor’s note? Well that’s going to be challenging because doctors’ offices are extremely busy right now because people are sick,” said Alan Harris.

Harris is Seminole County’s emergency manager. He said they are ready to host their first booster site and are aiming for Eastmonte Park on Wednesday, but they need the CDC to weigh in on requirements first.

“Once they tell us that, we can move forward,” he said.

Harris said when Seminole County opens up its booster sites, they will only be for third shots and appointments will be required. Booster events will be held at different locations throughout the county.

For people who got a Johnson and Johnson vaccine, there is not approval for a booster yet.

“It’s really upon J&J, Johnson & Johnson, and the CDC, FDA to identify when they want to launch that booster and when they need to launch that booster,” Harris said. “Once they do that, then we as the operational people here on the ground will make that happen. But right now, they haven’t given us the direction to allow it, therefore we can’t issue it.”

According to the CDC, people should wait at least 28 days after getting their second shot before getting a booster. And they should get the same vaccine they got the first two times.

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