WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Sedgwick County Department of Health on Wednesday began providing booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to people 18 years of age or older.
It was based on guidelines from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Centers for Disease Control.
People who have received the first and second dose of Pfizer or Moderna may receive a Pfizer or Moderna booster. People who received the first dose of J&J may receive a J&J booster after two months or a Pfizer or Moderna booster six months after the first dose of J&J.
“We made about 14,000 boosters. There are a lot of eligible people beyond that, mainly we distributed Pfizer, but there could be around 150 boosters that we see per day, ”said Adrienne Byrne, director of the Sedgwick County Department of Health.
The department adds that it is important to get the recall as more and more people congregate indoors due to the cold and for the holidays.
“If the family is vaccinated they can be pretty comfortable, if there are people around, and we know that in Sedgwick County and Kansas we are still looking at around 50% vaccinated and unvaccinated. “said Byrne.
Byrne added that the vaccine is safe and keeps those with breakthrough cases out of hospital.
“It keeps the people who are vaccinated primarily from getting out of the hospital and not dying and so the vaccine is still, it’s the best way to get us through this.”
The health department offers Pfizer and J&J reminders at the Community Immunization Clinic at 223 S. Main, Wichita and at mobile clinics in Sedgwick County. Click here to find out more.
Go to www.vaccines.gov to find vendors in Sedgwick County that offer Moderna boosters.