COVID-19 Booster Doses Update

Dobson, NC—12/16/2021—Everyone ages 16 years and older can now get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Although COVID-19 vaccination remains effective in preventing severe disease, recent data suggest vaccination becomes less effective over time at preventing infection, especially in people aged 65 and older. 

The recent emergence of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19. Recent evidence shows that among healthcare and other frontline workers, vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 is decreasing over time. This is likely due to the combination of decreasing protection as time passes since getting vaccinated, as well as the greater infectiousness of newer variants. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) have approved booster doses for the Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Booster doses strengthen and extend protections against severe illness from COVID-19. At this time, only the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for adolescents aged 16 and 17. 

Surry County Health and Nutrition Center offers Moderna (ages 18+) and Pfizer (ages 16+) booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccination for those who received their second shot at least 6 months ago.

We will offer Johnson & Johnson booster doses for those individuals ages 18 and older who were vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago. 

Individuals 18 years of age and older are eligible to receive any brand of COVID-19 vaccine for their booster shot. Some people may prefer the vaccine type they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster.

Surry County Health and Nutrition Center will offer booster doses Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Call us at 336-401-8400 to schedule an appointment, but walk-ins will be accepted. 

For more information, please call us at (336) 401-8400 or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SurryCountyHealthandNutritionCenter/ for the latest updates.