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Posted on: September 24, 2021

[ARCHIVED] CDC Recommends Pfizer Booster Shot for Certain Groups

On Sept. 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a third dose of Pfizer vaccine for those 65 years and older and adults at high risk of severe illness.

On Sept. 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a third dose of Pfizer vaccine for those 65 years and older and adults at high risk of severe illness.

Following the authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine for certain populations and for those in high-risk occupational and institutional settings. These recommendations are ONLY for individuals who received the two-dose (primary) series of Pfizer vaccine.

CDC recommends:

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least six months after their second dose of Pfizer.
  • People 50 - 64 years of age with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least six months after their second dose of Pfizer.
  • People 18 - 49 years of age with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least six months after their second dose of Pfizer based on their individual benefits and risks.
  • People 18 - 64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer vaccine at least six months after their second

Booster shots may be recommended in the future for those who received COVID vaccines manufactured by Moderna or Johnson & Johnson, or those who received a different mRNA vaccine for each dose in the primary series. The CDC will evaluate with similar urgency available data in the coming weeks to swiftly make additional recommendations.

The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is hosting the following vaccine clinics. Walk-in vaccinations of Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer will be available, including Pfizer booster shots.

  • Monday, Sept. 27, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association, 660 Iowa St., Dubuque
  • Thursday, Sept. 30, 3 – 7 p.m.
    Dubuque County Emergency Responder Training Facility, 14928 Public Safety Way, Dubuque
  • Friday, Oct. 1, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association, 660 Iowa St., Dubuque
  • Saturday, Oct. 2, 1 – 4 p.m.
    Dubuque Latinx Festival, Washington Park, 700 Locust St., Dubuque

 Pfizer booster shots are also available to those eligible at:

  • Hartig Drug - All Pharmacy Locations
    Scheduled appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome. For more information, including how to schedule an appointment, go to HartigDrug.com/appointment.
  • Hy-Vee - All Dubuque Pharmacy Locations
    Schedule an appointment at Hy-Vee.com/covidvaccine.

The Dubuque County Health Incident Management Team requests the public allow some time for local healthcare providers to complete their planning utilizing the new CDC guidance and recommendations.

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