Local health organizations discuss COVID-19 booster shots for people aged 65 and older


COVID-19 booster vaccines may soon be available for some. The FDA and CDC approve Pfizer booster injections for people 65 years of age and older.

With FDA and CDC approval, LECOM begins giving booster shots to people 65 years of age and older.

“For people in whom the vaccine is still working very well, but we are starting to see evidence that the immune system needs a boost.” said Dr Graham Snyder, Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology at UPMC.

Dr Snyder says it is the groups that public officials have spoken about, including older people with health problems that put them at risk of complications and people who have a higher risk of exposure due to the nature of their place of work.

“There is no rush for that. We will have a priority sequence to be able to manage the delivery of additional doses to people, but it is not because there is a lack of protection. said Dr Donald Yealy, Senior Vice-President of UPMC.

UPMC Hamot released a statement to JET 24 Action News on Friday saying:

With FDA and CDC approval, we can now program our planning process to guide patients and healthcare workers through the recommendations. No start date has been confirmed at this time.

UPMC Hamot

Tina Schuler, a pharmacist at LECOM, says people 65 years and older who received the first doses of Pfizer vaccine can now schedule a booster.

“Walk-in clinics are permanent, no appointment is necessary at the LECOM Center for Health and Aging. If you do not fall into that category where you are ready for your booster dose, this would be an option. said Schuler.

Schuler says that if you haven’t had any COVID-19 injections, you can also go for a walk-in at LECOM.

You can click here for more information at your local vaccination headquarters.

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