Oregon Health Authority: Expanded adult COVID-19 booster doses may be available by Saturday – Community News

Oregon Health Authority: Expanded adult COVID-19 booster doses may be available by Saturday

SALEM, Oregon (KTVZ) — Friday, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, an advisory panel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Moderna and Pfizer Comirnaty recommended COVID-19 booster doses for all those 18 and older.

This is the next step forward as the public health professionals, healthcare providers and communities of the Oregon Health Authority continue to fight the COVID-19 virus. People in Oregon age 18 and older may be eligible for booster doses as early as Saturday.

The committee voted unanimously to recommend that boosters be administered to anyone 18 years of age and older six months after the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine or two months after a Johnson & Johnson vaccination, as outlined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorizations.

As the next step in the approval process, the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, which includes Oregon, Washington, California and Nevada, will review the recommendation tonight. Once it makes its recommendation, OHA will issue guidelines for booster dose administration across the state as early as Saturday.

A booster is a dose of vaccine given to someone whose immune response from the primary vaccine series has declined over time. Nearly 1.25 million people in Oregon are now eligible for this dose.

“Vaccinations are still our most effective tool against COVID-19. Now that everyone 18 and older is eligible, now is the time to get that extra layer of protection. This is especially important for people over 50, adults living in a long-term care setting, as well as people 18 and older who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine two months or more ago,” said Rachael Banks, OHA Public Health Director.

“At the same time, we ask for patience as vaccine providers ramp up to administer boosters. Know that the primary series of vaccines still offers strong protection against the virus.”

The booster dose can be Moderna, Pfizer Comirnaty or Johnson & Johnson brand. It doesn’t have to be the same as your original series.

The Pfizer vaccine has recently become available for children ages five to 11. With the advent of boosters for everyone 18 and older, OHA recommends making an appointment with your health care provider, pharmacy, or local vaccination event to get your dose. To find a vaccine provider near you, visit GetVaccinated.Oregon.gov or call 211.