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COVID-19 rages: Health department urges residents to seek vaccines and boosters

MAYVILLE, NY:- The Chautauqua County Health Department is urging unvaccinated residents to have access to a vaccine, and for those fully vaccinated to receive a booster dose if their second dose was at least six months ago before the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or two months ago for the J&J vaccine.

“COVID-19 is on the rise in Chautauqua County and the entire region,” said Christine Schuyler, director of public health. “The threat of spreading COVID-19 infection and the severity of the disease are totally unpredictable, but the unvaccinated people are at such a high risk of serious illness and death. If you or your loved ones have not been vaccinated, please reconsider. If you are fully vaccinated, take a booster dose as directed, as research shows that immunity to doses of vaccine received several months ago decreases. Especially if you’re over 65 or have underlying health conditions, including pregnancy, don’t be wary!”

The Chautauqua County Health Department is announcing the following COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics:

Anyone 12 years and older
The first, second and third doses, as well as booster shots, will be provided to all eligible individuals while supplies last. Pfizer is available to anyone ages 12 and older; Moderna is available to anyone aged 18 and over; Johnson & Johnson is available to anyone 18 years of age and older. Vaccinations are provided free of charge to participants. Participants must bring a valid ID to the clinic and wear a mask.

Take your vaccination card with you to all clinics. Dates of previous vaccinations must be entered during the registration process, so have your card ready during pre-registration.

Location: Jamestown Community College Physical Education Building (290 Curtis St. Jamestown, NY)

Children aged 5-11 only
Only the pediatric Pfizer vaccine will be offered. Consent must be given at the clinic by a parent or legal guardian. Visit chqgov.com to register, printing the consent forms prior to the clinic will speed up your visit.

Location: Chautauqua Lake Central School Gymnasium

Additional clinics will be added to the Chautauqua County Health Department’s website as planned. Keep an eye on the webpage for the most up-to-date information and to pre-register for clinics: https://chqgov.com/public-health/covid-19-vaccination-clinics.

General booster information

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is approved for emergency use for children ages 5-11 in two-dose series. The vaccine for this age group is formulated specifically for this age group and has a lower dose than the vaccine approved for people 12 years of age and older. In addition to County Health Department clinics, parents can also contact their pediatrician, family health care provider, or pharmacist to inquire about the vaccine. A list of pharmacies dispensing the vaccine to this population will be maintained on the county’s website, chqgov.com, and will be updated as soon as we become aware of any changes.

Booster guidelines were issued late last week by the FDA and CDC. For individuals who have received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, the CDC has recommended a single booster dose six months or longer after the first series for all individuals 16 years of age and older.

The CDC has also made recommendations for a single booster dose for individuals who have previously received a primary dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine at least two months after receiving the first dose.

The booster dose should be given with the same vaccine manufacturer that the individual received for the primary series. If the same product used for the primary series is no longer available, or if a different COVID-19 vaccine is desired, any FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine can be used for the booster dose, according to the FDA and CDC guidelines.

The FDA and CDC continue to recommend a third-dose mRNA vaccine (Pfizer/BioNTech/Comirnaty of Moderna) for people with immune-compromising conditions.

Those with questions about their individual health and whether a vaccine is specifically recommended for them should contact their healthcare provider prior to clinic registration.

A vast amount of credible COVID-19 information can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/.

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