Tulsa, Oklahoma 2021-09-24 12:37:01 –
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. — The FDA approved and the CDC approved an emergency use authorization for a single booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for certain eligible individuals on Thursday. Eligible Oklahoman can start taking booster doses as early as Friday, September 24th.
The CDC recommends that the following individuals receive booster shots:
- People over the age of 65 and residents of long-term care facilities are required to take booster shots.
- People aged 50-64 Fundamental medical condition You need to receive a booster shot.
- 18-49 years old Fundamental medical condition You may receive booster shots based on your individual interests and risks.
- People aged 18-64 years who are at high risk of COVID-19 exposure and infection due to occupational or institutional settings may receive booster shots based on their personal interests and risks.
Keith Reid, Vice-Chairman of the State Department of Health, said of booster immunization in Oklahoma:
“Due to the prevalence of delta mutants in our community, we recommend that Oklahomans targeted by the booster effect utilize this additional layer of protection against COVID-19. Evidence is COVID. The -19 vaccine has been shown to prevent serious illness and widespread transmission of mutants. For optimal protection, Oklahoman should receive all recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. “
Booster doses should be given at least 6 months after the completion of a major series of vaccinations for an individual, in accordance with FDA and CDC guidelines. No confirmation of high risk is required to receive booster administration, and patients can discuss their eligibility at the time of their appointment.
“Booster dose recommendations do not mean that the vaccine will not work, or that it will not work as we expected. This is what medical experts have determined that booster doses provide an additional protective layer. That means, “said Dr. Gitanjali Pai, Oklahoma’s Chief Medical Officer. “By stratifying mitigation methods, including booster doses and other methods such as 3W, the spread of COVID-19 can be effectively delayed and serious symptoms can be prevented.”
EUA currently applies only to Pfizer vaccines. The CDC and FDA will continue to evaluate the data and make recommendations for booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
The COVID-19 vaccine is readily available from various providers in all counties of Oklahoma.
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