COVID-19 Boosters Available For Everyone Over 18 | News Radio 1190 KEX

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Anyone aged 18 and over is now eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free. Today, the Oregon Health Authority authorized pharmacies, health clinics and other vaccine providers in the state to begin giving boosters. The state orders follow action taken by the federal government and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Panel to allow expanded eligibility for boosters.

“Every adult who wants a booster can now get one and it’s just the extra layer of protection we need,” said Rachael Banks, director of public health, Oregon Health Authority.

Booster doses help people maintain strong immunity to the disease for longer. The first round of vaccines strengthens the immune system to make the antibodies needed to fight the disease. Over time, the immune response weakens. A booster dose stimulates the initial response and tends to result in higher levels of antibodies which help people maintain their immunity for longer.

While booster doses are available for anyone 18 years of age and older, they are highly recommended for people over 50, people 18 years and older living in long-term care facilities, and anyone who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. People vaccinated are eligible for a booster 6 months after completing their initial series if they received a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or 2 months after receiving their Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“The more people choose to get vaccinated, the safer our communities will be for all of us,” Banks said. “This review and subsequent approval of the booster doses is helping to loosen the grip of COVID-19 on our communities and it will ultimately save more lives.”

Source: Oregon Health Authority

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