CELINA (10-25-21) – On Thursday, October 21, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation for a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccines in certain populations

For individuals who received Pfizer or Moderna as their primary COVID-19 vaccine series, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at least 6 months after completion of their primary COVID-19 vaccine series:

  • 65 years and older
  • Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
  • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
  • Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings

Please note, the Moderna COVID-19 booster dose is half of the dose that is administered for a first or second dose.

The MCHD will offer the Moderna COVID-19 booster shot to eligible individuals on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm by appointment at the MCHD office. Eligible individuals should call 419-586-3251, Option 2, to schedule an appointment. These individuals will need to bring their COVID-19 vaccination card and insurance cards with them to their appointment. It is recommended that individuals also bring a completed COVID-19 vaccination screening form with them to their appointment. This form is available on our website, www.mchdohio.org,  or at the MCHD office. This is NOT a drive-thru clinic. However, individuals may request curbside vaccination.

For those who received the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine, a booster shot is recommended for those who are 18 and older and were vaccinated at least 2 months ago. At this time, the MCHD is not offering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The MCHD is referring all individuals who are interested in receiving a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in Mercer County to call Kaup Pharmacy at 419-375-2323, Option 3.

The MCHD will continue to offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Fridays at the MCHD office. Please call 419-586-3251, Option 2, to ask questions or schedule an appointment.

Additionally, the CDC’s recommendations now allow for ‘mix and match’ dosing for booster shots. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster.