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Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster to become available in Ohio

Waiting on CDC to issue final approval of the recommendation
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Vaccine Booster shot(Mary Green)
Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 9:10 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) -Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health announced Thursday in a press release that eligible Ohioans will be able to receive a booster shot of the Pfizer/Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine as soon as practical.

According to a press release from Governor DeWine’s office, Last night, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to allow for use of a single booster dose, to be administered at least six months after completion of the primary series to specific groups.

Today, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) further refined that recommendation.

“We have been closely following the discussions and developments on COVID-19 vaccine booster

doses. The experts have stressed that those at risk for the most severe outcomes from COVID-19

should be eligible for booster doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine,” said Governor DeWine.

“Ohioans should rest assured that they will be able get their booster dose. As we have said since the

beginning of the pandemic, our goal is to save lives. In alignment with federal partners, prioritization

of specific high-risk groups will allow us to continue to save lives as we work toward getting the

COVID-19 pandemic under control.”

“We have been diligently working with our vaccine providers to ensure that there are abundant

opportunities to receive COVID-19 vaccine boosters in Ohio,” explained Ohio Department of Health

Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff. “There is ample supply of vaccine for boosters, as well as first and

second doses, for Ohioans. Following final action by the CDC, Ohio’s many providers will be able to

begin administering booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine in pharmacies, federally qualified health

centers, doctor’s offices, community vaccination sites, and local health departments.”

At this time, the Ohio Department of Health is awaiting final action of the CDC, including the release

of a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) with detailed guidance. Once the CDC issues

final approval of the recommendation, Ohio’s more than 3,500 enrolled COVID-19

vaccine providers can begin to offer boosters to eligible Ohioans. 

After all necessary approvals are received, Ohioans will be able to

check gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-427-5634 for the latest eligibility information

and to find a vaccine provider near them. Eligible booster recipients will be asked to attest they have

one of the qualifying conditions, but specific proof will not be required. Eligible Ohioans should allow

2-3 weeks to get their booster dose, with many opportunities to be vaccinated in their

local community, whether they walk in to get their third dose or make an appointment with a nearby

provider.

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available throughout the state. Many providers offer walk-in

appointments, or Ohioans can schedule a vaccination appointment

at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. Ohioans who want to learn more about the safety, efficacy, and

side effects of COVID-19 vaccines should talk to their doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, or

visit coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine to learn more.

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