COVID-19 Booster Shots

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on September 22, 2021, to include a booster dose six months after completion of the primary series for certain populations, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued recommendations September 24, 2021, to provide additional guidance for administration of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine booster shots.

However, all individuals are still considered fully vaccinated after completing the primary series of any COVID-19 vaccine.

Please note that MMC is NOT a distributer of the COVID-19 vaccine, so contact Ouray County Public Health at (970)325-4670 if you would like to schedule a vaccination.

Per the CDC, if you received a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and completed the 2nd shot at least 6 months ago AND are interested in a booster shot, below are the current guidelines:

Populations who SHOULD receive a booster shot:

○ People aged 65 years and older.
○ Residents aged 18 years and older in long-term care settings.
○ People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions.

Populations who MAY receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks:

○ People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions.
○ People aged 18–64 years at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting (including but not limited to teachers, factory workers, retail workers, restaurant workers, health care workers and first responders; more information here.

Underlying medical conditions include (but are not limited to):
● Cancer.
● Chronic kidney disease.
● Chronic lung diseases.
● Diabetes.
● Cardiovascular disease.
● Obesity.
● Pregnancy.
● Sickle cell disease.
● Neurodevelopmental disorders.
● Immunocompromised state*.
● More information is available here

*Immunocompromised individuals should receive an additional dose or booster dose, but not both. There is currently no authorization for anyone to receive more than 3 valid doses.

Individuals can self-attest to having an underlying medical condition or an occupation at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission. Documentation from a health care provider or employer is not necessary or required for vaccination.

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