CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the new guidance reflects the emergence of the omicron variant, which has not yet been identified in the U.S. but that officials say will inevitably reach the country.
“Everyone ages 18 and older should get a booster shot either when they are 6 months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna series or 2 months after their initial J&J vaccine,” she said in a statement.
President Joe Biden addressed the country on Monday about the omicron variant saying health officials do not believe new vaccines are needed. But, he said, the government is beginning to plan for it, just in case.
“The variant is a cause for concern,” Biden said Monday morning, “not a cause for panic.”
Many locations around town are offering the mRNA vaccine and booster but most are by appointment only. You can click here and enter your zip code to find a spot near you.
Some locations have openings as early as the next day while others are booked until mid-December.
Here’s a list of local pharmacies offering the shot and how you can make an appointment:
After answering a series of questions on the CVS website, you can schedule an appointment here.
Discount Drug Mart
To get a booster at Discount Drug Mart you’ll need to register here first. By registering, you’ll also be notified when there’s an appointment available in your area.
Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine supply and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine supply is currently limited. Click here to schedule an appointment.
Walk in to your local Rite Aid from 2-3pm to get a shot without an appointment. Otherwise, click here to schedule an appointment.
Tuesday, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health held a COVID vaccine booster clinic where more than 200 people signed up for the shot. Health Commissioner Terry Allan said 200,000 people in the county have received a booster dose.
Despite demand supply is “ample” according to the Ohio Department of Health not only for booster shots but for first and second doses and well.
The Cleveland Clinic reports booster dose appointments are limited at their vaccination sites however primary care locations can provide the shot with scheduled appointments. A spokesperson for University Hospitals said they have an adequate supply of COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.
Summit County has several upcoming booster clinics available from December 1, through December 15, from 9am to 6pm at a drive through clinic located at 1867 W. Market Street in Akron.
Pfizer and BioNTech are reportedly set to seek approval for booster shots of their COVID-19 vaccine for 16- and 17-year-olds.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.