SMITHFIELD – The Johnston County Public Health Department will begin offering COVID-19 booster vaccines for patients who received Pfizer, Moderna or the Johnson and Johnson vaccine on Monday, October 25 at 9:00 a.m. Individuals who desire vaccination should bring their COVID-19 vaccine card. The COVID-19 vaccines are free regardless of health insurance or immigration status and are available at the Health Department Monday- Friday from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. On Tuesdays you can receive a vaccine from 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have authorized and recommended booster vaccine shots to provide continued protection against COVID-19. To strengthen and extend protections against severe illness, North Carolinians who have been fully vaccinated with the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines may now be eligible to receive a booster dose.
This new authorization comes in addition to the FDA and CDC’s authorization of the Pfizer vaccine booster last month. Additionally, individuals are now able to receive any brand of COVID-19 vaccine for their booster shot. This gives individuals the option to request the original vaccine they received or choose to receive a different booster.
For those who received a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:
- 65 years and older.
- Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings.
- Age 18 + who have underlying medical conditions.
- Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings.
For individuals who received the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.
Certain underlying medical conditions are defined by the CDC as:
Cancer, Chronic Kidney Disease, Chronic Lung Diseases (COPD, Asthma, Interstitial Lung Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Pulmonary HTN), Dementia/Other Neurological Conditions, Diabetes Type 1 or 2, Down Syndrome, Heart Conditions (heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, hypertension), HIV, Immunocompromised state/weakened immune system, Liver Disease, Overweight and Obesity, Pregnancy, Sickle Cell Disease/Thalassemia, Current or Former Smoker, Solid Organ or Blood Stem Cell Transplant, Stroke, Cerebrovascular Disease, Substance Use Disorders.