North Georgia Health District plans to administer all Covid Booster Shots

NORTH GEORGIA, (WDEF)- More than 70 million Americans are now eligible for covid booster shots.

The daily number of Americans getting boosters is now more than double the number getting their first shot. 

The North Georgia Health District plans to administer all three brands of vaccine boosters on Tuesday, October 26th. 

To be eligible for the Moderna booster recipients must be 65 years and older, at an increased risk due to their health or place of work,  and must have waited 6 months after their second dose. 

For The Johnson & Johnson booster. residents must be 18 years or older and need to have waited at least 2 months after their second dose. 

“The Moderna booster doses are a little bit less than the first, second doses & third dose for immunocompromised. We are understanding that it is going to be a half dose. There are some technological and logistical reasons why we have to make sure we have that arranged in our computer systems and that our patients are receiving the correct dose,” says Ashley Deverell, Immunization Coordinator for the North Georgia Health District.

Mixing boosters are now approved by the FDA  and will be offered by both the North Georgia Health District. 

“There may be some people who might prefer another vaccine over the one they received, and currently, CDC recommendations now make that possible,” says Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC Director.

Health officials say that Georgia residents are 50% vaccinated and hope the continued confidence in the vaccine will help ALL  residents to get vaccinated. 

“This last COVID surge we had was really scary. We had widespread cases and we lost a lot of people in our community to Covid-19. I’m hoping as we learn more about the vaccine, more information is out there for the general public, and we understand how often this is going to be required then I think people will be more receptive to getting the vaccine,” says Deverell. 

No appointment is needed at the North Georgia Health Departments. 

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