Moderna COVID-19 Vaccination Booster Clinics Planned
on Friday, October 22, 2021
As of this week, booster doses of all three types of COVID-19 vaccine currently on the market have officially been endorsed by the CDC after FDA authorization. In response to this action and in anticipation of the community needs, Clay County Public Health has scheduled two large-scale Moderna vaccine clinics for those who meet the approved criteria.
Booster dose vaccination clinics will be held on Thursday, Oct. 28 from 2:30-6:30 PM, and on Friday, Nov. 5 from 1-4 PM at the Clay County Events Center. Public Health is currently accepting appointments for those who qualify for boosters.
“We anticipate a significant number of our local citizens may want to receive a booster shot, especially those among our 65 and older population,” commented Colette Rossiter, Clay County Public Health Manager. “The easiest way to schedule will be by using our online scheduling system, which can be found on the Spencer Hospital website.” People who do not have online access can call the public health office during weekday business hours at (712) 264-6380. Public health staff is also working with Elderbridge staff to assist with scheduling their clients interested in receiving a vaccine booster dose.
Booster doses are authorized for adults age 65 and older, people living in long-term care facilities, and adults with underlying medical conditions or who are at high risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus due to their occupation. For those who initially received the Moderna vaccine, the booster dose must be at least six months or greater after the second dose of Moderna was received.
The one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine was also approved for booster doses. And, the CDC recommendation allows for mixing and matching of vaccine types, which means someone who earlier received Johnson & Johnson could now seek Moderna or Pfizer for their booster dose. Boosters for people who received Johnson & Johnson can be administered two months after their initial dose of vaccine.
“Clay County Public Health does not have any Johnson & Johnson vaccine available; however, people seeking this specific vaccine can check with their local pharmacy or see available locations on the website vaccine.gov,” Rossiter said. She also shared that Avera Medical Group Spencer and local pharmacies will also have booster dose opportunities available.