Certain high-risk Santa Barbara County residents who received their full Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine series now can receive a booster shot from pharmacies and other medical providers for added protection from the virus.
According to the CDC, the following groups should receive a Pfizer booster no sooner than six months after their second dose — residents 65 and older, residents 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions and those in long-term care settings.
Other groups that may receive a booster six months following their second dose include residents 18 to 49 with underlying medical conditions, and those whose occupation or institution puts them at increased risk for COVID-19 transmission.
“Booster shots will become an important part of our local strategy to protect our most vulnerable community members and end the pandemic. Local pharmacies and health-care providers are prepared to offer booster doses in your community,” said county Health Officer Dr. Van Do-Reynoso. “We want to encourage those who have yet to receive a first-dose vaccine to know that vaccines are still available to you.”
People who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines are not eligible for a booster at this time, although both companies are in the process of obtaining approval for a booster.
Immunocompromised residents who received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines are encouraged to speak with their medical provider about receiving a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
To make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment or find a walk-in clinic, visit myturn.ca.gov or call the county vaccine hotline at 211 and select option 4 for assistance.