The Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department is offering booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. Booster shots became available on Monday, Oct. 25 from local providers and pharmacies.
Those eligible for a booster include all adults age 65 and over, adults age 18 and over who live in long term care settings, adults age 18 and over who have underlying medical conditions and adults age 18 and over who work or live in high-risk settings. Anyone age 18 and over who received the Johnson & Johnson initial dose is also eligible for a booster.
Individuals who received a Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine series can receive a booster six months after the initial series was completed. For those who received a Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine, a booster can be administered two months after the first shot.
Additionally, it is recommended that individuals with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of an mRNA vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna, at least 28 days after their second dose. The third dose is to improve the response to the vaccine series for those who are immunocompromised.
Individuals may choose which vaccine they wish to receive as a booster dose. It is recommended to discuss one's vaccine choice with an individual health care provider.
Initial doses, booster doses and additional doses for immunocompromised individuals are available at the Kalamazoo County health department office at 311 E. Alcott Street Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments can be made online or at (269) 373-5200 but are not required.
Individuals can visit https://www.vaccines.gov/ to find additional vaccination locations.