County begins offering Pfizer booster shots

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Yolo County will begin administering Pfizer booster doses to individuals who fall into one of the eligible categories outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and who are six months past their second dose.

County residents who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines will have to wait for these boosters to be authorized and made available.

A booster shot is recommended for those ages 65 and older or residing in a long-term care facility, as well as those 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions.

Booster doses have also been authorized for those who are ages 18 to 64 with underlying medical conditions or at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting.

“There is less evidence to support the need for boosters in these groups, and individuals are encouraged to discuss with their health care provider whether they would benefit from a booster at this time,” the county said in a press release.

Occupations at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission include:

• First responders (healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
• Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
• Food and agriculture workers
• Manufacturing workers
• Corrections workers
• Postal workers
• Public transit workers
• Grocery store workers

“Pfizer boosters are now available, but there is no need for everybody to rush out to get a booster vaccine,” said Yolo County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson. “Two doses of the Pfizer vaccine still protect very well against severe disease, hospitalization, and death in most people.

“We have seen some drop in the protection against hospitalization in older adults over time, which is why we are recommending a booster for those over 65,” said Sisson.

“While booster doses add protection for those already vaccinated, we are continuing our efforts to vaccinate the unvaccinated. Getting more people their first and second doses of vaccine is the most important step to ending this pandemic. We are taking steps to ensure the unvaccinated can easily get vaccinated even as booster demand increases, including through our home vaccine delivery program and without an appointment at county vaccine clinics.”

Pfizer booster doses are available at several locations in Yolo County, including retail pharmacies such as Costco, Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS, and primary care provider offices and clinics.

Yolo County offers doses for those without other access to booster vaccines.

Appointments for booster doses can be scheduled using the state’s MyTurn system, https://myturn.ca.gov. To receive a booster dose at a Yolo County clinic, residents need to bring proof that they received two Pfizer doses at least six months before and are asked to bring their white paper vaccine card so that it can be updated.

Individuals who are 65 or older or unable to leave their homes can have a booster vaccine delivered to them through Yolo County’s call-to-order vaccine program. To schedule an appointment to have vaccine delivered, call 530-902-3230. To schedule an appointment in Spanish, call 530-379-3465.

The program, which delivers vaccines between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., was supposed to end at the end of September but now will continue into October.

For more information about Yolo County’s COVID-19 vaccine program and opportunities to get vaccinated, visit www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-vaccine. Residents can also call Yolo 2-1-1 for related information and resources.

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