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Coronavirus booster shots offered

Posted on October 7, 2021

Updated on October 11, 2021

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A nurse at the Nash County Health Department administers a coronavirus vaccine in this file photo. Booster shots are now being offered.

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A nurse at the Nash County Health Department administers a coronavirus vaccine in this file photo. Booster shots are now being offered.

NASHVILLE — With a slight majority of Nash County residents vaccinated, boosters are now being offered to qualifying recipients.

The number of Nash County residents who have been vaccinated with at least one dose has risen to 52,186, or 55% of the county’s population, according to numbers provided by Jerome Garner, public health education specialist and public information officer for the Nash County Health Department.

The county has seen 298 new cases from Sept. 28 through Oct 4. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, Nash has recorded 14,559 cases and 220 total deaths.

Nash UNC Health Care provides a COVID-19 Walk-In Vaccine Clinic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Appointments are available and walk-ins are welcome.

Anyone who has questions or who wishes to make an appointment for a specific time, schedule a homebound visit or coordinate a community vaccine event can call the hospital’s Community Vaccination Line at 252-962-8624 or schedule online at YourShot.org.

The clinic offers booster shots for Pfizer vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least six months ago and are 65 and older, have underlying medical conditions or work and live in high-risk settings. Moderna supplemental doses are available for immunocompromised people.

People can receive a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine if they have completed a two-dose shot series, and one of the following is true: They are 12 or older, who self-attest to being moderately to severely immunocompromised, presenting at least 28 days after their second dose; 65 or older presenting at least six months after their second dose; or  ages18–64 who present at least six months after their second dose, and live or work in a nursing home or other long-term care residential facility; have a medical condition that puts them at high risk for severe illness such as obesity, asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes; work in a high-risk profession, meaning contact with many people without knowing their vaccination status such as health care workers, first responders, teachers, food processing workers, retail and restaurant workers and public transportation workers; or who live or work in a place where many people live together such as homeless shelters, correctional facilities, migrant farm housing, dormitories or other group living setting in colleges or universities.

People can receive a third dose of the Moderna vaccine if they have completed a two-dose shot series, and one of the following is true: They are 18 or older, who self-attest to being moderately to severely immunocompromised, who present at least 28 days after their second dose and one of the following is true: They are 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 two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system; or suffer from moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency such as DiGeorge or Wiskott-Aldrich syndromes; advanced or untreated HIV infection; or in active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress their immune response.

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