Oklahoma City-County Department of Health Clinics Offering Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Doses
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Starting Monday, Oklahoma County health clinics will begin offering booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine to some Oklahoma residents.
The FDA has cleared and the CDC has approved an emergency use authorization for a single booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for certain eligible individuals.
Eligible Oklahomans could start receiving their booster as early as last Friday.
“With the Delta variant circulating in our communities, we are encouraging Oklahoma residents who are eligible for a booster dose to take advantage of this extra layer of protection against COVID-19,” said Keith Reed, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of State of Health. âEvidence shows that COVID-19 vaccines prevent serious illness and the widespread transmission of the variants. For optimal protection, Oklahomans should receive all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. “
The CDC recommends that the following people receive a booster shot:
- People 65 years of age and older and residents of long-term care facilities should receive a booster injection.
- People aged 50 to 64 with underlying health conditions should be reminded.
- People aged 18 to 49 with underlying health conditions may be given a booster based on their individual benefits and risks.
- People aged 18 to 64 who are at increased risk of exposure and transmission to COVID-19 due to their work or institutional environment may be recalled based on their individual benefits and risks.
Booster doses should be given at least six months after the completion of an individual’s primary series of immunizations, according to FDA and CDC guidelines. Verification of being at high risk is not required, and a patient can certify their eligibility at the time of their appointment.
âThe booster dose recommendation does not mean that the vaccine does not work, or that it does not work as well as we expected. It just means that medical professionals have determined that a booster dose provides an extra layer of protection, âsaid Dr. Gitanjali Pai, Chief Medical Officer of the State of Oklahoma. âBy layering mitigation methods, including booster doses and other methods like 3W, we can effectively slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent severe symptoms. “
The EUA currently only applies to the Pfizer vaccine. The CDC and the FDA continue to evaluate the data to make a recommendation on booster doses for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Eligible Oklahomans can find vaccine appointments in their area by visiting a local pharmacy or personal supplier, using the state’s Vaccine Scheduler portal, visiting https://www.vaccines.gov/, or by calling 211.
The Oklahoma City-County Department of Health has announced that all of its public health clinics will offer Pfizer COVID-19 booster doses starting Monday.
The OCCHD says 180,000 people in Oklahoma County could qualify for a booster dose if they are interested in one.
Several locations are listed on VaxOKC.com.
If you would like a booster dose on Monday at the NE clinic, you can register online. Tuesday through Friday, they can dial (405) 419-4200.
Residents who require an appointment at the OCCHD Southern Oaks Clinic can call (405) 419-4119 or make an appointment for Wednesday online.
Patients wishing to make an appointment at the OCCHD West Clinic should dial (405) 419-4150.
Walk-in visits are welcome at all clinics, but appointments are preferred. All clinics are on the Embark bus line. Homebound residents needing a booster dose can call the OCCHD hotline at 405-425-4489.
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