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Posted on: April 19, 2022

Media Release COVID-19 - April 19, 2022

For Immediate Release

04/19/2022    

COVID-19 Information

Phone: 980-432-1800
Website: www.rowancountync.gov/COVID-19
Email: covid-19@rowancountync.gov

Vaccine Information

Website: www.rowancountync.gov/COVIDvaccine
Follow Us: www.facebook.com/rowancountyhealth 

Rowan County COVID-19 Case Information: https://bit.ly/rowan-covid19-hub

Second Booster Recommended for Those 50+ and/or Immunocompromised

Most recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a second booster dose of either the Pfizer or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for people 50 and older and individuals that are immunocompromised. By offering a second booster dose, now individuals at a higher risk for severe disease, hospitalization and death will be protected even more against severe COVID-19.

The new second booster guidelines are as follows: 

  • A second booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine may be given to individuals 50 years of age and older that received their first booster at least 4 months ago*.
  • A second booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine may be administered to individuals 12 years of age and older with certain kinds of immunocompromise at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose*. This applies to individuals who have undergone solid organ transplantation, or who are living with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise.
  • A second booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine may be administered at least 4 months after the first booster dose* to individuals 18 years of age and older with the same certain kinds of immunocompromise.

Adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine at least four months ago may now receive a second booster dose of either Pfizer or Moderna, based on one’s age and/or health condition.

It is important to note that current evidence suggests that some waning of protection can occur over time against serious outcomes from COVID-19 in older and immunocompromised individuals. Additionally, data also shows that an initial booster dose is critical in helping to protect all adults from the potentially severe outcomes of COVID-19. So, those who have not received their initial booster dose are strongly encouraged to do so, as well.

If you need a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, Rowan County Public Health is currently offering them. To make an appointment, please call 704-216-8777 and choose Option #3. In addition to this, you may also want to visit our website to find out which of our community partners are also offering vaccines and boosters at this time.  

 

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PIO Contact:
Amy Smith
704-216-8859
amy.smith@rowancountync.gov

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