Hamilton County Health Department now administering Moderna Booster Shots

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn (WDEF) – Thousands of Hamilton County residents have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to get their Moderna booster shot. Beginning today, those who qualify can sign up to receive that extra boost of covid-19 protection, and who was one of the first in line? –Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger.

“We are very fortunate in this country to have things that can prevent such illnesses. I take the same approach with this vaccination. If there’s something out there that can help me I’m going to participate,” says Mayor Jim Coppinger, Hamilton County. 

To be eligible for the Moderna booster, recipients must be 65 years and older, at an increased risk due to health or workplace, and must have waited at least six months since their second dose. 

Mixing and matching booster shots are also permitted according to the CDC.

“If you had Pfizer for your first series we can do a Moderna booster. We are still recommending that you stick with it. If you got Pfizer for your first series- it’s advisable to get Pfizer for your third,” says Trevor Wilson, Site Manager at the Carta Bus Barn.

Spotted in the booster line was Dr. Fernando Urrego. 

“I’m super excited to get this done. I want to protect myself, my kids, my family, and my community. I want to get it done,” says Dr. Fernando Urrego.

A retired nurse that came back to work just to assist with the pandemic says these boosters couldn’t have come at a better time– with the holidays fast approaching. 

“They can get their vaccine booster dose now. It will still take at least two weeks to get your immunity back up to level. Then you can start traveling and see your family,” says Deborah Sardin, Registered Nurse.

Officials say that although the county recently hit a major milestone with  50% of Hamilton County residents fully vaccinated— we still have a long way to go. 

“We are on the downslope right now and we want to continue in that direction. It’s important that all of us keep in check our behavior and part of that is to be able to prevent the spread of it with the different methods the health department has told us about now,” says Mayor Coppinger. 

The health department is not offering the Johnson and Johnson booster at this time. 

“For more information about the booster shots or how you can sign up for an appointment, click here.

 

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