The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment and other local vaccine providers are now offering COVID-19 booster shots to eligible residents. The CDC has issued new recommendations for the use of a single dose of Pfizer vaccine to be given as a booster to those who completed an initial series (2 doses) of Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago.
Those who should receive a Pfizer booster:
Those 65 years of age or older or living in a long-term care facility
Those who are 50 years of age or older with certain high-risk health conditions
Those who can receive a Pfizer booster:
Those who are between the ages of 18 and 49 with certain high-risk health conditions
Those aged 18 to 64 who are at increased risk of being exposed to or transmitting COVID-19, including, but not limited to teachers, factory workers, sales workers retail, restaurant workers, healthcare workers and first responders
Who should not receive a Pfizer recall at this time:
Those who received their second dose of Pfizer vaccine less than six months ago
Those who received the Moderna or Janssen COVID-19 vaccine (Johnson & Johnson)
Those under 18
Those aged 18-64 who do not have one or more high-risk health conditions
Those between the ages of 18 and 64 who are not at increased risk of being exposed or transmitting COVID-19
Booster doses have not yet been recommended for Moderna or Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccines. More information on the recommendations for recalls of these vaccines is expected in the coming weeks from federal and state partners.
“With the emergence of the Delta variant, we are seeing a decrease in the effectiveness of the initial two doses of vaccine. The booster dose has been shown to dramatically increase the immune response to better protect us against infections, ”said Dr. Paul Mayer, Larimer County Medical Director.
Larimer County Public Health Director Tom Gonzales is encouraging those eligible to receive their booster dose. “Just as natural immunity wanes over time, so does vaccine immunity appear to wane. Booster doses are yet another tool to protect our residents at both the individual and community level. “
The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has a dedicated webpage to help residents find information about the COVID-19 vaccination and register for an appointment at www.larimer.org/ covidvaccine. The direct link to make an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine is: https://larimerhealth.secure.force.com/Vaccine/. Individuals can also call LCDHE at 970-498-5500 for assistance making an appointment here or for other locations in the county. Telephone support is available in English and Spanish.
Information about COVID-19 is constantly changing and the public health response is adjusting as more is learned about this virus. While there is plenty of news and media information available, LCDHE encourages residents of Larimer County to check out the latest credible information on COVID-19 at www.larimer.org/covid19 or www.CDC.gov/coronavirus. In addition, residents are encouraged to follow LCDHE’s Facebook and Twitter accounts at @LarimerHealth.