JACKSON, Tennessee – The Tennessee Department of Health has provided an update on the CDC’s approval of the Pfizer booster.
Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey would like to remind you who is eligible. She says people who should receive a booster are 65 and over in a long-term care facility, or between 50 and 64 and have a health problem.
People who can receive a booster are people aged 18 to 49 with a health problem or aged 18 and over at occupational risk.
Piercey says it’s best practice to only get a Pfizer booster if you received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine six months ago.
She expects Moderna, Johnson and Johnson to be approved for booster shots in the coming weeks.
“We are not going to get out of this pandemic. The most effective way for us to end this pandemic is to immunize the unvaccinated, ”Piercey said.
Piercey also expects Pfizer to be approved to immunize children aged 5 to 11 in the coming weeks.
Although the severity of COVID-19 in young children is low, Piercey says it will reduce the spread and exempt children from quarantine and masks, allowing them not to miss normal children’s activities.
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For more information on COVID-19, visit the CDC website, the Tennessee Department of Health website, or call (877) 857-2945.
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