Health department talks eligibility, options for COVID-10 booster shot

JACKSON, Tenn. — COVID-19 Moderna booster shoots will be available soon in the Hub City.

Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department

“Starting Monday, Oct. 25, we will begin offering the Moderna booster vaccine here at the Jackson-Madison County Health Department, and we’re excited about that,” said Mallory Cooke, the Public Information Officer for the Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department.

Cooke says people are able to choose which booster to get.

“If you got Pfizer for your first two shots, you’re now able to get a Moderna booster, or if you got Moderna for your first two vaccines, you are now able to get a Pfizer booster,” Cooke said.

She says it is important to know when you got your initial doses before getting a booster shot.

“Folks who got Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for their initial series, you’re eligible to get a booster dose six months after you’ve received your second vaccine. If you got the Johnson and Johnson vaccine initially, you’re eligible to get your booster dose two months after you’ve received that J&J vaccine,” Cooke said.

She says not everyone that got the COVID-19 vaccine is eligible for a booster.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

“Everybody 65 or older is eligible. People who have underlying health conditions or people who work somewhere or in an institution that puts them at risk. Those would be you healthcare workers, your teachers, grocery store workers, people who are dealing with the public everyday,” Cooke said.

She also wants people to have peace of mind when getting the booster doses.

“CDC and FDA have both approved booster doses for Pfizer and Moderna, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We could not give these vaccines unless they were approved for authorization from CDC and FDA. So just know that whenever you come and get your booster doses,” Cooke said.

Cooke says the health department starts giving vaccines Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Friday until 4:30 p.m.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine vial

Remember to take your COVID-19 vaccination card with you when you get the booster shoot if you are eligible.

For more information on COVID-19, go to the CDC website, the Tennessee Department of Health website or call (877) 857-2945.

Additional COVID-19 information can be found in the “COVID-19” tab of the website.

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