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County health department to offer booster updates, vaccines

County health department to offer booster updates, vaccines County health department to offer booster updates, vaccines

The Harrison County Health Dept. and Indiana State Dept. of Health are partnering to offer COVID-19 vaccine boosters.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices reviewed the FDA’s amended Emergency Use Authorization of COVID-19 vaccine for booster doses. A “booster dose” is another dose of a vaccine that is given to someone who built enough protection after vaccination but then that protection decreased over time (this is called waning immunity).

The CDC has issued booster eligibility guidance. Based on those recommendations, the Harrison County Health Dept. and Indiana State Dept. of Health support the administration of booster doses to individuals who attest to meeting CDC guidelines as outlined below:

• For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at six months or more after their initial series: those 65 and older; those 18 and older who live in long-term care settings; those 18 and older who have underlying medical conditions; and those 18 and older who work or live in high-risk settings.

• Booster doses are also recommended for anyone 18 or older who got the single dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine two or more months ago.

Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. The CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

The Harrison County Health Dept. and Indiana State Dept. of Health will host the following drive-
thru clinics at First Capital Christian Church, 305 Oliver St., Corydon (individuals can register online at ourshot.in.gov for an appointment):

• Tomorrow (Thursday), Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. all three days, the ISDH mobile unit will offer Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters.

• Tomorrow (Thursday) from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 4, from 3 to 7 p.m., the county health department will offer Moderna boosters.

Individuals are to bring their COVID-19 vaccination cards with them and wear a mask.

The drive-thru clinic will transition indoors during inclement weather.

Additional appointments are also available at the Harrison County Health Dept. for Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson boosters and vaccines.

To date, there have been 1,012,606 positive cases of COVID-19 in Indiana, an increase of 10,909 in the past week. Of those, 6,532 were Harrison Countians, with 74 news cases within the last week.

A total of 16,022 Hoosiers have died from the virus since it first was detected in Indiana, with another 545 residents likely having COVID but no tests were performed. The number of deaths increased by 190 in the past week. According to the county health department, there have been 93 local deaths, with no additional ones within the last week.

More than three million Hoosiers — 3,357,373, an increase of 16,184 since the previous week — are considered fully vaccinated. In Harrison County, 18,311 residents are considered fully vaccinated, with 127 added since the previous week.

Harrison County has remained in the orange designation — the next to highest of the four levels — since Sept. 29. The designations are updated on Wednesdays by the Indiana State Dept. of Health.

For more information about COVID-19 in Indiana, the ISDH website, https://in.gov/coronavirus.

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