The following people who were vaccinated 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 childcare), 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, October 1st at Lincoln County Commons (fairgrounds) from 9am to 4pm. 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 on Wednesday at 9:00am. To reach the call center, please call 541-265-0621 or email LincolnCoCallCenter@co.lincoln.or.us. You may also schedule online at 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 offering the booster currently is Walgreens in Newport. Don’t worry while you wait for your booster. Your Pfizer vaccination still offers protection against the COVID-19 virus.
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.