Data continue to show the importance of vaccination and booster doses to protect individuals from becoming infected and stave off severe outcomes of COVID-19.
During the recent Omicron surge of infections, those who were vaccinated and boosted were 21-times less likely to have severe negative outcomes compared to those who are unvaccinated.
As a result, CDC has updated recommendations to allow certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the age of 50 who received and an initial booster dose at least 4 months ago to be eligible for another mRNA booster to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19.
Separately, and in addition, based on newly published data, adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months ago may now receive a second booster dose using a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. VA follows CDC guidance on COVID-19 vaccination.
CDC recommendations include:
- A second booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine may be administered to individuals 50 years of age and older at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.
- A second booster dose of Pfizer vaccine may be administered to individuals 12 years of age and older with certain kinds of immune compromise at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.
- A second dose of the Moderna vaccine may be administered at least 4 months after the first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 18 years of age and older with certain kinds of immune compromise.
- A second booster dose may be administered with either the Pfizer or Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at least 4 months after receipt of a booster dose for any person who had the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine for both their initial vaccine and their booster dose.
Vaccines are available for Veterans and their spouses as well as caregivers, volunteers and contractors who meet the guidance at the following location:
Lebanon VA COVID Vaccine Clinic
WHERE: Building 24, Gymnasium
WHEN: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Veterans can schedule by calling the scheduling line, 717-272-6621, ext. 5105.
Vaccines are also available at Lebanon VA Community Clinics in Berks, Cumberland, Lancaster, Schuylkill and York counties.