booster shots to those who have been vaccinated for Covid-19.
The Moderna boosters are being provided by appointment only on Nov. 1 and Nov. 4 at St. Edward Parrish Hall, 142 North County Rd. The shots will be administered from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on both days.
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Sean Baker, division chief of emergency medical services, said it has received 400 doses of the Moderna booster from the state.
Baker said the boosters are being offered first to the 1,300 people who the department previously vaccinated.
“We are reaching out directly to people that we took care of before,” he said. “We are trying to keep everyone safe and healthy and this is just another opportunity to do that.”
The Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration recommend the vaccine booster shots for those who are 65 years old or older, and those who are at least 18 years old and who live in long-term care settings, have underlying medical conditions, or who live or work in a high-risk setting.
The CDC and FDA recommend the booster shots be taken at six months or longer after having received the initial vaccination series.
The department is only offering the Moderna booster. If you were initially vaccinated with a vaccine other than Moderna, it doesn’t matter, Baker said. It is safe to be inoculated with one Covid-19 vaccine and then get a booster shot from another, he said.
Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. Baker said that, as of Tuesday evening, there were 158 appointments.
He noted that the booster shots are also available at Publix and at local drug store chains.
“Our thought is that there is interest in this in the community, but it’s not overwhelming because this is so readily available,” Baker said.