All adults can receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster in California, as long as they are 18 years of age or older and have been fully vaccinated at least six months ago.
More and more residents on the Central Coast are deciding to do so.
“I decided to buy one because they were available,” Cheryl Bariel said.
“I’m closer to 80 than 70, so I feel sensible that I do,” said Susan Ladd.
According to the CDC, more than 25,000,000 people statewide have been fully vaccinated and more than 4,200,000 of those people have been boosted.
Pharmacist, Dr. Sumanta Paul of Morro Bay Drug and Gift said he was busy giving these injections.
“We do about 70 to 100 vaccinations a day,” he said.
The CDC and CDPH both recommend booster shots for anyone over the age of 18 who is at risk for exposure to COVID and has received their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna at least six months ago.
A booster is also recommended for anyone over the age of 18 who received the J&J vaccine at least two months ago.
“People can absolutely mix and match vaccines or vaccine types and it doesn’t matter,” said Jennifer Ruby, director of clinical quality improvement at Twin Cities Community Hospital.
Health officials say the booster dose is the same amount as the initial doses for Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson, but for Moderna, the booster dose is half the amount.
The state is urging people to get a booster shot as winter approaches and an increase in the number of cases expected.
“That’s why I’m here, long-winded, to remind people to take advantage of themselves. Anyone who wants a booster can get a booster shot,” said Governor Gavin Newsom.
In San Luis Obispo County, the health department says more than 37,000 people have received booster shots.
More than 46,000 booster shots have been administered in Santa Barbara County.
“So the booster shot does just that. It gives an extra boost to the immune system. Helps produce more antibodies that prevent infection and serious disease,” said Matt Higgs, ELC program manager for Santa Barbara County Public Health.
If you are interested in making an appointment for a COVID booster, you can visit the state’s my turn website.
Public health authorities say you can get a booster dose and a flu shot at the same time.
To schedule an appointment, click here.