ODH authorizes booster dose of COVID vaccine for eligible Ohioans

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) — The Ohio Department of Health has released further guidance on COVID-19 booster shots and explains who can get them.

In a release on Saturday, ODH says they are going along with FDA and CDC guidance and making booster doses of the Pfizer/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine available for anyone who’s eligible at least six months after completion of the primary Pfizer series, which is after the second dose was administered.

Here’s who’s eligible:

  • People 65 years and older or residents in long-term care settings SHOULD receive a booster shot.
  • People ages 50 to 64 with certain underlying medical conditions SHOULD receive a booster shot.
  • People ages 18 to 49 with certain underlying medical conditions MAY receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks. The CDC has indicated that this is a determination made by the vaccine recipient, but those eligible are encouraged to talk to their healthcare providers if they have any questions.
  • People age 18 and older who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their job or living in an institutional setting MAY receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks. The CDC has indicated that this is a determination made by the vaccine recipient.

If you’re eligible to get a booster, you’ll be asked if you have one of the qualifying conditions, but specific proof will not be required.

COVID-19 vaccines are available throughout the state, with many providers offering walk-in appointments.

Ohioans can schedule a vaccination appointment here.

If want to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, talk to their doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, or click here.

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