By Robert Haugh
Booster shots for all three COVID-19 vaccines are now available in Santa Clara County.
Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized boosters for the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
The FDA also said that patients can “mix and match” boosters from different manufacturers than what they initially received.
“We now understand that the protection from the initial vaccine series may decrease over time, Santa Clara County health officer Dr. Sara Cody said in a press release. “And a booster shot is highly effective in preventing serious hospitalization and death.”
Booster shots are recommended for:
- Johnson & Johnson recipients 18 and older who received their shot more than two months ago.
- Pfizer and Moderna recipients who are 65 and older.
- People 18 and older who live in long-term care settings,
- People with underlying medical conditions
- People who live and work in “high-risk” settings.
For info about county-run vaccine sites, go to sccfreevax.org to find drop in sites and to book appointments.
On Thursday, October 28, booster shots will be given at Santa Clara University from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. according to the County’s website.
Boosters are also offered at many doctors’ offices and pharmacies.
COVID-19 vaccinations through the County sites are free. Insurance is not required and there are no immigration requirements.