SOMERSET COUNTY DEPT. OF HEALTH BEGINS ADMINISTERING PFIZER BOOSTER SHOTS

Posted on September 27, 2021

Only Eligible Populations Will Receive Booster Doses as Recommended by the CDC

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Beginning Saturday, Sept. 25, the Somerset County Department of Health (SCDOH) will administer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shots to certain eligible populations at its COVID-19 vaccination clinics. The rollout of booster doses to specific eligible recipients is based on recent recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“Somerset County continues to look to the CDC and science in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, an effort that has led to our highest in the state vaccination rate,” said Commissioner Director Shanel Robinson. “We are pleased to begin offering booster shots at our clinics for those eligible residents who choose to receive one.”

With the Delta variant causing more infections and spreading faster than earlier forms of COVID-19, a booster dose may help to increase protection for individuals who are at the highest risk of becoming infected with this virus and is only recommended for those who are eligible to receive the booster as per the CDC.

Eligible recipients must have completed their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series six or more months previously and meet one of the following conditions:

  • People aged 65-years and above;
  • Residents of long-term care settings;
  • People aged 18 to 64-years with underlying medical conditions; or
  • People aged 18 to 64-years with an increased risk of becoming infected by COVID-19 due to time spent in an occupational or institutional setting while considering their benefits and risk.

Eligible individuals must bring proof of vaccination and Somerset County residency to receive a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster dose. All Somerset County COVID-19 vaccination clinics are listed at http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/vaxclinics.

At this time, the CDC has not approved Moderna or Johnson & Johnson booster shots.

The SCDoH will continue to provide third doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for immunocompromised residents as directed by the CDC.

To reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, protect you and your family by getting vaccinated with an approved vaccine and following everyday healthy habits. The following interventions may also help stop the spread of coronaviruses and other respiratory diseases:

  • Wear a mask in indoor settings regardless of vaccination status if over two years of age when in locations where there may be a high rate of transmission
  • Maintain distance from others – at least two arm’s length apart
  • Avoid crowds
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Monitor health daily and stay home when sick.

Since information on COVID-19 is being regularly updated it is important to stay informed through reliable resources. Follow public health experts such as the CDC at www.cdc.gov, the New Jersey Department of Health at www.nj.gov/health and the Somerset County Department of Health at www.co.somerset.nj.us/health.

The Somerset County Department of Health (SCDOH) is the lead agency for public health emergency preparedness and response in Somerset County. Funding for these activities is provided by the CDC’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement through the New Jersey Department of Health.

Source: SCDOH