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Ringgold County Public Health has released updated COVID vaccination information.
Ongoing research studies continue to show the importance of vaccination and booster doses to prevent both infection and severe outcomes in breakthrough infections. CDC shares “During the recent Omicron surge, those who were boosted were 21-times less likely to die from COVID-19 compared to those who were unvaccinated, and 7-times less likely to be hospitalized.” A second “booster” dose of Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now recommended for the following groups:
• Anyone over age 50 if it has been at least 4 months since first booster dose.
• Those with certain kinds of immunocompromise if it has been at least 4 months since first booster dose.
• Those who received second Johnson and Johnson vaccine at least 4 months ago.
Those defined as immunocompromised include:
• Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
• Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
• Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
• Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
• Advanced or untreated HIV infection.
• Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress their immune response.
Vaccine continues to be available at the following locations:
• Ringgold County Public Health offers Moderna or J&J vaccine for 18 years and older. Pfizer vaccine is available for adults, as well as children ages 5. through 17 years of age.
• Mount Ayr Medical Clinic or Hy-Vee offer Moderna vaccine for those over 18.