Vaccine booster clinics beginning next week in Lancaster County
Booster doses now approved for certain groups, including people age 65 and older.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) said Friday, they will be starting vaccine booster clinics in Lancaster County
The announcement comes after the CDC approved a booster shot of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for certain groups on Friday.
The CDC recommends:
- People age 65 and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster dose.
- People age 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster dose.
- People age 18 to 49 with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster dose based on their individual benefits and risks.
- People age 18 to 64 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster dose based on their individual benefits and risks.
The booster is only recommended for those who have received their first two doses, and has been at least 6 months after the second dose.
“COVID-19 vaccines continue to provide strong protection against severe disease, hospitalization and death. But it’s common for protection from vaccines to decrease over time. A booster dose helps maximize the existing protection a person already has against COVID-19,” said Health Director Pat Lopez.
The booster clinics will be by appointment only, and will begin with clinics designated for people age 80 and older.
Local pharmacies providing the booster doses can be found at vaccines.gov.