Southwest Virginia health departments begin offering Pfizer booster vaccines to at-risk individuals

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(WFXR) – Various southwest Virginia health departments are announcing the start of distributing Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccines to certain at-risk groups of individuals.

The Central Shenandoah Health District and the Mount Rogers Health District are both beginning their distributions.

The Central Shenandoah Health District — which serves Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, and Rockingham counties, as well as the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, and Waynesboro — announced on Saturday, Sept. 25 that they will start distributing the shots immediately.

Meanwhile, the Mount Rogers Health District — covering Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Washington, and Wythe counties, along with the cities of Bristol and Galax — says they will begin distributing the booster shots on Monday, Sept. 27.

Those who qualify to receive the vaccine include:

  • Older adults age 65+ and those living in long-term care facilities
  • Adults age 50-64 at high risk of severe COVID-19 infection due to underlying medical conditions
  • Adults age 18-64 whose jobs put them at high risk for COVID-19
  • Adults age 18-49 at high risk of severe COVID-19 infection due to underlying medical conditions should consider a booster based on an assessment of their individual risks and benefits with consultation with their medical provider.

These booster shots are meant for those who have received the Pfizer vaccine at least six months after their initial vaccine.

Data on booster doses for those who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson is expected in the coming weeks. Currently, there is not sufficient data on mixing and matching vaccines, so those who received the other two vaccines cannot get a Pfizer booster shot.

For information about scheduling an appointment, click here or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To increase public awareness about the approval of the Pfizer booster shot, the Central Shenandoah Health District is hosting a pair of community call-in sessions on Oct. 4 and Oct. 6 from 7 to 8 p.m. to provide information to individuals in the district with no computer access or with low computer literacy. To participate in either session, call 1-844-992-4726 during the dates and times above to ask questions. Use access code 2632 556 7444 and password 3WpXp4Zin3v. For additional questions, email cshdinfo@vdh.virginia.gov.

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