Oklahoma City VA healthcare system to begin offering COVID booster shots


According to J&J, the booster dose of the vaccine “generated a rapid and robust increase in spike binding antibodies” 28 days after the first single-dose injection in participants aged 18 to 55 and in those 65 and older. (AP Photo / Rahmat Gul, file)

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The Oklahoma City VA healthcare system will soon begin providing Pfizer COVID-19 booster injections to veterans.

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.

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.

“Our facility knows that tackling the COVID-19 pandemic is truly a team effort and we will continue to make sure we do everything we can to protect our veterans, staff and the Oklahoma City community from COVID- 19 ”, said Wade Vlosich, Director of the OKCVAHCS. “Our staff are preparing to offer Pfizer-BioNTech booster injections to those most at risk, as recommended by the FDA and CDC.”

OKC VA Medical Center will begin scheduling Pfizer booster vaccines in the health wing on Wednesday, September 29 for veterans and employees. Officials say they will prioritize people aged 65 and over, living in long-term care facilities and people aged 50 to 64 with underlying health conditions.

The VA will also offer reminders to veterans, their spouses, caregivers and CHAMPVA beneficiaries.

Veterans receiving care in the VA and requiring booster injections will be identified and contacted to make an appointment.

Recall-eligible veterans who wish to make an appointment or who have received a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine outside of VA, as well as people who have received a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in VA for whom we do not have for records of their high-risk condition, can contact the immunization clinic’s planning line at 405-456-7119.

Veterans eligible for the recall may also choose to visit the OKC VA Medical Center Health Wing’s Covid Vaccination Clinic during business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays. ), while making an appointment. can reduce waiting times.

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.

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