Arlington County Now Offering Vaccine Booster Shots to Eligible Individuals

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A time aft declaring that vaccine booster shots were “not presently available,” Arlington started offering them.

“On Tuesday, August 17, Arlington County Public Health volition statesman offering an additional, oregon third, dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer) to definite immunocompromised people,” Arlington County announced yesterday successful a property release. “This follows FDA’s amended Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) and the CDC’s adoption of the Advisory Committee connected Immunization Practices’ recommendation.”

The vaccine booster shots are lone disposable to those who attest that they suffice for them owed to being moderately oregon severely immunocompromised. Those receiving the shots indispensable besides person already received 2 doses of either the Moderna oregon Pfizer vaccine, with the past dose administered astatine slightest 4 weeks ago.

While presently restricted to lone definite susceptible individuals, booster shots whitethorn go wide disposable — and encouraged — this fall.

From the Washington Post:

“The Biden medication is readying to denote that astir Americans who person received the coronavirus vaccine volition request booster shots to combat waning immunity and the highly transmissible delta variant that is sparking a surge successful covid-19 cases, according to 4 radical acquainted with the decision.

The administration’s wellness and subject experts are coalescing astir the presumption that radical volition request the boosters 8 months aft being afloat vaccinated, according to the people, who spoke connected the information of anonymity to sermon a determination not yet public. The determination is apt to beryllium announced arsenic soon arsenic this week.”

Arlington County, meanwhile, has been upgraded to an country of “high” assemblage dispersed of COVID-19 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The section transmission complaint was deemed “substantial” by the CDC a mates of weeks ago.

As of Tuesday, neighboring Fairfax County and Alexandria were inactive seeing lone “substantial” assemblage transmission, a little classification than “high,” according to the CDC website.

Arlington is signaling astir 33 caller cases per day, oregon 14 regular cases per 100,000 residents, according to a 7-day moving mean published this greeting by Virginia Dept. of Health.

More connected the booster shots, below, from the Arlington County property release.

People who are immunocompromised should talk to their healthcare supplier to assistance determine if they would payment from an further dose. Moderately to severely immunocompromised radical see those who have:

  • Been receiving progressive crab attraction for tumors oregon cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem compartment transplant wrong the past 2 years oregon are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate oregon terrible superior immunodeficiency (such arsenic DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced oregon untreated HIV infection
  • Active attraction with high-dose corticosteroids oregon different drugs that whitethorn suppress your immune response
  • Individuals volition beryllium asked to self-attest (confirm) arsenic having a qualifying information astatine the clip of vaccination.

Bring your vaccination paper with you truthful your supplier tin capable successful the accusation astir your further dose. Keep your vaccination paper successful lawsuit you request it for aboriginal usage and see taking a representation of your vaccination paper arsenic a backup copy.

At this time, an further dose of vaccine is not approved for radical who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, oregon radical who are afloat vaccinated and not immunocompromised. The FDA and CDC proceed to reappraisal grounds regarding the information and effectiveness of an further dose for these individuals.

Arlington County encourages everyone 12 and older to get a COVID-19 vaccine, particularly those who are immunocompromised oregon person adjacent interaction with immunocompromised persons. Arlington County Public Health Division (ACPHD) volition lone beryllium offering further doses for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals astatine the Arlington Mill Community Center and Walter Reed Community Center clinics; they volition not beryllium disposable astatine tract missions oregon “pop-up” events astatine this time.

Free walk-in and scheduled appointments are available astatine ACPHD’s clinics. Additional opportunities tin beryllium recovered at vaccines.gov; corroborate with idiosyncratic providers the availability of additional, oregon third, doses.

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