new Jersey – People stand in line in Paramus, New Jersey today, many of them wanting to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot from Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.
“We’ve noticed that as the days go by, more and more people are showing up,” said Dr. Gian Varborough of Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.
Getting her booster shot for the upcoming season was a necessary precaution for Bergen County resident Beth Shaw.
“With vacation approaching, I thought I’d like to have extra security,” Shaw told Granthshala 5 NY.
Gary Kelly, a volunteer firefighter in Harrington Park, New Jersey, also got his Modern Booster.
“I continue to do this to protect myself, my family, and the people I answer to,” Kelly said.
Meanwhile, in New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office says the city-run vaccine sites are already equipped to deliver boosters for Moderna and J&J.
The White House Covid-19 Response Team announced on Friday that boosters are immediately available nationwide.
“We are ready to execute our boosters,” said Jeff Gentes with the White House Covid-19 Response Team. “In the last two months we have prepared and our work is paying off.”
The CDC has approved Moderna Booster for six months after your last shot. This would be half the dose and would be available for high-risk groups.
“You are eligible if you are over the age of 65, and you are eligible if you live in a long-term care facility, and you are eligible if you are over the age of 18 and have underlying medical conditions, or You live or work in a high-risk location,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Valensky said.
Everyone who has received the J&J vaccine is eligible for a booster two months after getting the shot. The CDC is also allowing mix and match which means you can get boosters from any of the three companies.
“Some people may have a preference for the type of vaccine they originally received because they did very well with their initial series. For all three vaccines, it is absolutely fine and now with ten months of vaccine experience, some may have expressed a preference for one booster type over the other,” Dr. Valensky said. “FDA authority and CDC recommendations now allow this type of mix-and-match.”
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