Booster available to those 18 and older

By Herald Staff

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Health announced Friday evening that any Hoosier aged 18 or older can now receive a booster dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines so long as they received their second dose at least six months ago.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday approved the administration of a booster dose of both vaccines for people aged 18 and older following the Federal Drug Administration’s decision to expand its Emergency Use Authorization for boosters. Previously, the FDA had approved a third dose for immunocompromised individuals and had allowed boosters for individuals who met certain criteria.

Individuals may still choose which COVID-19 vaccine to receive as a booster shot. Some people may prefer the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. Individuals who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine are eligible for a booster two months or more after their initial dose.

Those who would like to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, please call the Dubois County Health Department at 812-481-7056 to schedule an appointment.

Eligible Hoosiers who want to obtain a Pfizer or Moderna booster or even a first dose can go to to schedule an appointment or call 211 for assistance. Hoosiers are encouraged to bring their vaccination card to their appointment to ensure that the booster dose is added.

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