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Posted on: September 24, 2021

CDC Endorses Booster Dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Certain Populations

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For Immediate Release

September 24, 2021, Jackson, WY – On September 23, 2021, Advisors to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to be administered to those at highest risk for COVID-19.  

The CDC recommends: 

  • people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
  • people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

This authorization applies only to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. If you received a full series of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, a booster shot is not authorized at this time. However, individuals with moderate to severe immunocompromised conditions are eligible for an additional dose of the Moderna vaccine. Individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are not authorized to receive a booster dose at this time. 

All the COVID-19 vaccines continue to be remarkably effective in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, including against the delta variant. We continue to see stable and highly effective protection against hospitalizations and severe outcomes for people who are fully vaccinated. 

Nearly all cases of severe disease, hospitalization, and death continue to occur in people who are not yet vaccinated. Teton County Health Department continues to prioritize and encourage those who haven’t been vaccinated yet to get vaccinated right away. 

Teton County Health Department would like to remind the community that this additional large-scale vaccination effort will exceed our current infrastructure, and we ask for patience during this period of high demand. We are working on expanding our clinic capacities and scaling up our response once again. We will need your help to make vaccinations available for all those eligible. Volunteers willing to offer their time and skills can express their interest here.

Visit our website for more details on how you can schedule your vaccine appointment and for the latest COVID-19 related information. 

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