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County Public Health Departments Given Go-Ahead for Moderna, J&J Booster Shots

County public health departments across the state, including those in Floyd and Chickasaw counties, have been given the go-ahead by the Iowa Department of Public Health to administer booster shots to those previously vaccinated with the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccines.

The CDC now recommends individuals who received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine to get a booster shot six or months after your initial two-dose series of vaccinations are complete, if you fall with certain guidelines. Boosters are highly encouraged for people 65 years and older, people 18 years and older who reside in long-term care setting, people aged 18 years and older with underlying medical conditions, and people aged 18 years and older who work or live in a high-risk setting

For people aged 18 years and older who received the single dose Janssen primary series initially, the CDC recommends a COVID-19 booster at least 2 months after completing the primary series.

The FDA amended the Emergency Use Authorizations for COVID19 vaccines to allow for the use of each available COVID19 vaccines as a mix-or-match booster dose in eligible individuals following completion of primary vaccination with a different available COVID19 vaccine.  CDCs recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots only.

Floyd County Public Health and Chickasaw County Public both have Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines on hand. Contact your county public health office to schedule a vaccination appointment.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA

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