Things have been moving quickly on the COVID-19 vaccine front, with approval for both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 booster shots granted this week. Here is an update with the latest information to answer some essential questions you may have and to help you make the best decisions regarding your health.
Who can get a COVID-19 Booster Shot?
Both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 booster shots are now available to:
- Individuals 65 years and older
- Individuals 18+ who live in long-term care settings
- Individuals 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
- Individuals 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
who received their second shot of Moderna vaccine at least six months earlier.
Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 booster shots are now available to:
- All individuals 18 and older who received a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months ago.
Can I mix and match booster shots?
Yes – the CDC recommendations now allow for mixing and matching of different COVID-19 booster doses. If you have questions about which booster is right you, ask your health care provider for advice.
Can I get a flu shot at the same time as my booster?
Yes – the COVID-19 vaccine can be given at the same time as your annual flu shot. If you are now eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose and have not received your annual flu shot yet, a
sk your health care provider for both vaccines.
Where can I get a booster?
Manet patients may get a COVID-19 vaccine shot during any upcoming regularly scheduled appointment with your provider, or Manet has also numerous options for patients and community residents to be able to get a booster shot at a time and location that is convenient for them. These include:
- Manet Community Outreach & Preventions Services Office, 549 Washington Street, Quincy: Wednesdays, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Walk-ins only.
- Manet, Taunton, 1 Washington St.: Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. By appointment.
Schedule an appointment: https://www.manetchc.org/covid-19-vaccine/
- Manet, Attleboro, 8 North Main St.: Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m. Walk-ins only
When will children ages 5-11 be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) appears to be nearing a decision on authorizing the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 years old. Following FDA authorization, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will make its recommendation on vaccinating this age group, and then CDC will make its final determination. While this seems like a long process, we are expecting the final decision in early November. We will reach out to our pediatric families at that time.
Manet has ample supply of each type of vaccine, and our staff is always available to answer your questions and address concerns. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine, including a booster if you are eligible, is the best way to keep yourself and those around you from getting severely ill from COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine or booster is safe, effective, and free.
We hope to see you soon!
Your Manet CHC Health Care Team
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