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LDH: Pfizer booster shots are now available to adults at increased risk

Following CDC guidance
Vaccine
Posted at 1:57 PM, Sep 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-24 19:02:18-04

The Louisiana Department of Health says that effective immediately, booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are available to adults at increased risk, following new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to LDH, if you are 6 months out from your two-dose Pfizer series, you are now eligible to receive a booster shot if you are:

  • Age 65 or older
  • Age 18 or older and have one of many underlying medical conditions
  • Age 18 or older and live or work in a setting that places you at risk of being exposed to COVID

LDH recommends you discuss your individual situation and risk/benefit analysis with your doctor or medical practitioner.

"We welcome and adopt here in Louisiana the new FDA and CDC guidance making booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine available to adults at increased risk," said Dr. Joseph Kanter, State Health Officer. "The deliberations by both federal health agencies this past week reaffirmed that the vaccines are safe and effective, and they are everyone's best protection against COVID hospitalization and death. That's why our number one priority remains helping more Louisianans get their first shots."

CDC and LDH will evaluate with similar urgency available data in the coming weeks to make additional recommendations for other populations or people who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

LDH says that many of the people who are now eligible to receive a booster shot received their initial vaccine early in the vaccination program and will benefit from additional protection.

"With the Delta variant’s dominance as the circulating strain and risk of community transmission remaining elevated, a booster shot will help strengthen protection against severe disease in those populations who are at high-risk for exposure to COVID-19 or the complications from severe disease."

The new guidance is effective immediately.

LDH says providers may begin administering booster shots as soon as they are able to operationalize the guidance, and we appreciate residents' patience and ask that they check first with their local provider before showing up for a booster appointment. Providers may accept verbal self-representation of eligible patients and do not need additional proof of verification. Patients who are unsure of their eligibility or who have questions should talk with their healthcare provider.

According to officials, the CDC and LDH will continue to monitor the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines to ensure appropriate recommendations to keep the public safe.

In Lafayette, Ochsner Lafayette General says they are prepared to begin administering Pfizer booster shots to those adults who meet the CDC criteria.

"We will begin administering Pfizer booster shots to individuals beginning Monday, September 27, 2021 at the Domingue Recreation Center."

Scheduled appointments can be made by visiting Ochsnerlg.org/vaccine or by calling 855-206-9675.

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