Pfizer Booster Dose, Community Testing, and Kindness Matters – Wood Countyposted on October 4, 2021
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommends that the following populations SHOULD receive a booster dose of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after receiving their second dose of Pfizer vaccine in order to further strengthen their immunity:
· People 65 years and older
· All residents in long-term care
· People ages 50–64 years with certain underlying medical conditions
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommends that the following populations MAY receive a booster dose of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after receiving their second dose of Pfizer vaccine, after considering their individual risks and benefits:
· People ages 18-49 years with certain underlying medical conditions
· People ages 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their job or institutional settings. Occupations at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission include front line essential workers and health care workers.
At this time, the Pfizer-BioNTech booster authorization only applies to people who got Pfizer-BioNTech for their first two doses.
An additional dose is still recommended for people who may not have received adequate protection from their initial vaccine series. People with moderate to severe compromised immune systems are recommended to get an additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) to increase their immune response so they have better protection against COVID-19. People who got a Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine are not recommended to get an additional dose at this time because of limited data.
There are multiple upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics. View the Wood County Health Department website for further details. Additional vaccine doses are available for people with compromised immune systems. Booster doses are available for people who have received their second dose of Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine at least six months ago. Click here for more information or call 715-421-8931.
Seasonal flu vaccines are now available and are the best protection against the flu. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu vaccine in the fall. The flu vaccine can be given at the same time as any of the COVID-19 vaccines. Contact your doctor or pharmacy to get your flu vaccine.
Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing is available in Marshfield at the Marshfield Fairgrounds on 513 E 17th Street at the Expo 1 building from 8:00-12:00pm Tuesday, October 5 and October 12. Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing is available in Wisconsin Rapids in a city parking lot on 3rd Avenue between the Centralia Center and Tribune building from 9:00am-12:00pm Monday, October 4 through Friday, October 8. No appointment is needed; PCR tests will be done. Please allow 2-5 days for results.
As we all face daily challenges and uncertain times with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remember to be kind and treat everyone you encounter with patience and respect. “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
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