FDA approves COVID booster doses for adults
On Nov. 18, tthe U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorizations (EUA) for both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines authorizing use of a single booster dose for all individuals 18 years of age and older after completion of primary vaccination with any FDA-authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.
Locally, boosters are available at the Southeast District Health Department in Auburn, at the Nebraska City Medical Clinic, and at Syracuse Area Health.
Those seeking boosters should be at least 90 days past receiving a monoclonal antibody infusion as a COVID-19 treatment. They must be masked, and those under age 18 must bring a parent or guardian with them. They must also be at least 6 months past their second vaccination to qualify for a booster.
SEDHD, located at 2511 Schneider Ave., is offering walk-in booster clinics from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays for Moderna boosters and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays for Pfizer boosters.
The NC Medical Clinic, located at 1301 Grundmann Blvd., is offering boosters for Moderna to those 18 years and older from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays by appointment only. Pfizer-BioNTech boosters are available for those 12 and older Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment only. A pediatric version of Pfizer-BioNTech is available for those ages 5 to 11.
Call 402-873-4242 to set up your appointment, and bring your vaccination card to your appointment.
Syracuse Area Health, located at 2731 Healthcare Dr., will provide boosters by appointment. Call 402-269-2411 for an appointment.
Boosters are also available at Walgreen’s and Walmart. Visit www.walgreens.com or www.walmart.com to schedule an appointment or to learn more.