Three Rivers to offer boosters for 12 to 15 year-olds

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Starting this week, the Three Rivers Public Health Department (3RPHD) will administer the COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine booster for fully vaccinated youth aged 12 to 15 years old. Eligible residents include those who completed their two-dose vaccine series at least five months ago.

In addition, a third primary series dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be available for children from 5 through 11 years of age with certain immunocompromised conditions at select HCPH vaccination sites. These include children who may not respond completely to the two-dose primary vaccination series due to an organ transplant or other conditions considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise.

On Jan. 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved adolescents in the 12 to 15 age group to receive the Pfizer vaccine booster, and the third dose for 5 to 11-year-olds with immunocompromised conditions, following review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The best protection against any COVID-19 variant is to get fully vaccinated with any of the three available vaccines. 3RPHD encourages all fully vaccinated residents to get their booster shots when eligible.

Considering recent COVID-19 vaccine recommendations from the CDC and the FDA, please be aware of the following information before scheduling a booster vaccine for yourself or your loved one. 3RPHD recommends contacting your healthcare provider regarding additional questions or concerns:

To qualify for a Pfizer booster, you must be at least 12 years of age and older, and it has been at least five months since the completion of a Pfizer two-dose primary series.

The Moderna boosters remain authorized only for adults 18 years and older and require a waiting period of at least six months after completing a Moderna two-dose primary series.

The Johnson & Johnson/Janssen boosters remain authorized only for adults 18 years and older. They require a waiting period of at least two months after a Johnson & Johnson/Janssen single-dose primary series.

Mix-and-match boosters: For adults 18 years and older, a single booster dose of any of the

available COVID-19 vaccines may be administered as a mix-and-match booster dose following

completion of primary vaccination with any approved COVID-19 vaccine.

3RPHD is offering all vaccines at 3RPHD walk-in clinics (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J and this does include 5-11 doses). Upcoming clinics include:

1/14/2022-Friday: noon - 3:30 p.m., Three Rivers Clinic, 2400 N. Lincoln Ave., Fremont

1/18/2022-Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Three Rivers Wahoo Clinic, 1320 E. 31st St., Wahoo

1/18/2022-Tuesday: 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Bell Field Elementary, 1240 E. 11th St., Fremont

1/21/2022-Friday: noon - 3:30 p.m., Three Rivers Clinic, 2400 N. Lincoln Ave., Fremont

Three Rivers also has testing that is a collaborative partnership with Total Wellness. The testing site is a drive-through and appointments can be made at this link: https://www.totalwellnesshealth.com/private/3rphd/

At this time due to the large demand for testing, you must have an appointment to be tested. Insurance may be billed if available, but there will be no direct cost to any patient. The site address is 210 E. Military Avenue, Fremont. The testing hours of operation are:

1/13/2022-Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - noon

1/14/2022-Friday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

1/18/2022-Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

1/20/2022-Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - noon

1/21/2022-Friday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

If you are homebound or require special accommodations and wish to receive a COVID-19 test or vaccine, please contact (402) 704-2245.

If you or someone you know need resources such as access to food, assistance with rent, or other needs, please reach out to Three Rivers Community Health Worker, Evelyn, at (402) 704-2255.

3RPHD will continue to offer COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots. For more information visit www.threeriverspublichealth.org click on the calendar of events or call (402) 727-5369.

The 3RPHD Data Dashboard is updated each weekday and can be found at: https://www.threeriverspublichealth.org/COVID-19/COVID-19-Updates.

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