DPH and other health organizations offering recalls of Pfizer | Local News
MOULTRIE, Georgia – The Georgia Department of Public Health district offers free Pfizer recalls.
Announced Tuesday, Health District 8-2, which encompasses Colquitt County, will offer additional COVID booster injections, according to Karen Snyder, DPH public information officer.
“Following advice and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices for COVID Vaccine Recalls, the Southwest Health District is now offering free boosters in all 14 counties in the district,” said Snyder in an email conversation.
Sites like Colquitt Regional Medical Center, DPH and pharmacies continue to offer the injection. Appointments will be required for the DPH boosters, according to Snyder.
The recommendations for COVID vaccine booster shots are as follows:
– People 65 years of age and older and residents of long-term care facilities should receive a booster injection at least six months after their Pfizer primary series.
– People aged 50 to 64 with underlying health conditions should be boosted at least six months after their Pfizer primary series.
– People aged 18 to 49 with underlying health conditions may be boosted at least six months after their Pfizer primary series, depending on their individual benefits and risks.
– People aged 18 to 64 who are at increased risk of exposure and transmission to COVID-19 due to their work or institutional environment may receive a booster at least six months after their primary Pfizer series, depending on their individual benefits and risks.
Dr Michael Brown, chief medical officer of the CRMC, said the booster shots are the same dosage and formula patients received during their initial two doses.
“Obviously, CRMC recommends the vaccine. It’s safe and will help protect people who are at risk of dying from COVID, ”Brown said in an interview Thursday. “The recall is the same blow 40% of Colquitt County has already received.”
While Brown said testing is continuing, current CDC data shows only those who initially received the Pfizer vaccine can get the booster.
“We just don’t know everything. While the CDC has never claimed to know everything about COVID, tests show people should stick to the vaccines they were initially given. “
He also said the problem COVID patients face is not always the problem itself, but the underlying medical conditions people may have before the virus emerged.
“We know the vaccine cannot cause infection. This is what the vaccine does. It helps protect against this infection. The problem stems from the fact that people who have underlying conditions such as obesity, a history of kidney disease, COPD, active or previous smokers and the list goes on are particularly at risk of contracting or dying from the virus. . Especially those over 65, ”said Brown.
Currently, the CDC has not commented on the use of Moderna or Johnson and Johnson as booster shots, but Brown has said he will more than likely endorse Moderna soon. He said vaccinations are something that should be discussed with a doctor or other medical professionals and said the public should stay away from medical information on social media.
“The vaccine and the boosters are something that CRMC is very adamant about. We want people to trust medical professionals, especially those at the CDC. It’s like this: if my car was not working properly I would go to a mechanic or if my faucet did not work I would call a plumber. Trust the trained professionals. Trust us, our goal is only to help people and ensure (their) survival, ”said Brown.