UNC Health and Orange County clinics are offering COVID-19 booster shots for certain individuals following recent guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC has recommended that high-risk individuals get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, according to a Sept. 24 press release.
Individuals must have received the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago and be eligible in accordance with CDC recommendations to receive the booster shot.
The CDC recommends that all individuals age 65 and older, as well as those who are 18 or older and live in long-term care settings, have underlying medical conditions or work or live in high-risk settings, receive the booster shot.
UNC Health is distributing COVID-19 booster shots at some UNC clinics, and some CVS pharmacies in the area are also offering the booster.
Elizabeth Ramsey, the director of clinical business operations at UNC Health, said she recommends people get the COVID-19 booster shot if they are eligible.
“The data is pretty compelling so far, and we anticipate that the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster data will follow that of Pfizer's,” Ramsey said.
Ramsey said Orange County residents, particularly those within university communities and UNC Health, will probably have high participation for booster shots. She also said the booster shots can help prevent severe disease.
“Ultimately that is our goal: to decrease the chance that somebody's going to get sick if they do contract COVID-19,” Ramsey said.