The following people who were vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer vaccine are now eligible for a booster six months after their second shot:
• People 65 and older should get a booster.
• People living in a long-term care facility should get a booster.
• People 50-64 with underlying medical conditions should get a booster.
• People ages 18-64 with underlying medical conditions or who are at a higher risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus due to where they live or work may get a booster. This includes teachers (including child care), grocery store employees, health care workers and people who live in congregate care settings.
As with other vaccines, a booster shot will strengthen the body’s ability to prevent disease from the virus that causes COVID-19.
Lincoln County Public Health is offering free Pfizer booster clinics by appointment only. The first clinic starts this Friday, Oct.1, at the Lincoln County Commons from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic will be held every Friday. Pfizer booster clinics are planned for Lincoln City and Yachats soon.
To assist with scheduling, Lincoln County will open the county emergency call center today (Wednesday) at 9 a.m. The call center can be reached by phone at 541-265-0621 or email at LincolnCoCallCenter@co.lincoln.or.us. Appointments can also be made on the county website, www.co.lincoln.or.us/COVID.
Pfizer booster shots may also be available through your medical provider. The only pharmacy in Lincoln County currently offering the booster is Walgreens in Newport.
Boosters are not yet recommended for people who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. A CDC decision about Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters is expected soon.