Late last week, the CDC recommended the administration of a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine to counter waning immunity in certain populations, and now we're seeing high demand for it in our area.
Previously, the FDA had authorized a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna only for immunocompromised individuals, but now, more are allowed to receive the booster.
“There’s some breakthrough cases that are coming out, so a lot of them we see that are 6-7 months out, they’re getting Covid, so I’m assuming that’s where the CDC came from saying that we need another vaccine to reintroduce to the immune system and boost it," said Chris Butlet, owner of Butler's Apothecary in Henderson, Kentucky.
Now, the CDC recommends individuals aged 65+ and residents of long-term care facilities to get the booster, and individuals aged 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions that put them at high risk of severe COVID-19 to get the third shot, and so far, Butler says this booster shot is wanted.
“We have not had a shortage of people coming in. People are coming in the door without any solicitation at all. Everyone seems to want it. I’m even getting new first-timers as well.”
Individuals aged 18 to 49 with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster dose, and Individuals aged 18 to 64 who are at high risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of an occupational or institutional risk of exposure.
You can get the booster shot at most CVS and Walgreen's pharmacies and even some local pharmacies like Butler's Apothecary.