COVID-19 Update: Pfizer Booster Doses Available for Certain People

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SEPT. 29, 2021

Arlington County Public Health Offering Pfizer Booster COVID-19 Vaccines for Certain People

Arlington County Public Health is now offering COVID-19 vaccine boosters for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to certain people by appointment only, based on guidance from CDC and FDA.

 

This new, interim guidance allows for individuals who are at highest risk for COVID-19 to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot to help increase their protection, including those in high-risk occupational and institutional settings.

"Vaccine has proven to be the single most effective strategy against reducing serious illness resulting in hospitalization or death and we are grateful that boosters as CDC recommends are now available to our eligible residents," said Reuben K. Varghese, MD, MPH, Health Director for Arlington County.


Who Can Get Booster Shots Now

A single Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster dose is recommended for certain individuals, at least 6 months after completion of the primary series (i.e., the first 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine):

Additional individuals may receive a booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks:

  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions, and
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting.

These recommendations only apply to people who previously received a Pfizer primary series; At this time booster doses are not recommended for people who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

 

People can talk to their healthcare provider about whether getting a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot is appropriate for them.

 

All three COVID-19 vaccines approved and authorized in the United States continue to be effective in reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the Delta variant.


When You’re Eligible for a Booster Dose

A booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine is recommended at least six months (180 days) after the second dose in the Pfizer primary series. Immunity wanes gradually and remains strong against serious illness, so there is no need to rush to get a booster at six months and one day – supply and access are both expected to be widely available.


Where to Get a Booster Dose

If you are eligible, you can receive a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine wherever vaccines are available. Options include community vaccination clinics, your healthcare provider, or a pharmacy. Visit vaccinate.virginia.gov to find an appointment near you.

 

Arlington County’s Public Health Division is offering Pfizer COVID-19 booster doses at its two clinics by appointment only.

  • Arlington Mill Community Center (909 S Dinwiddie St.)
    • Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Walter Reed Community Center (2909 16th St S.)
    • Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Individuals who qualify due to an underlying medical condition or increased risk for COVID-19 exposure because of occupational/institutional setting will be asked to attest (confirm) before receiving a booster.

 

Both clinics will continue to offer walk-in and scheduled appointments for 1st and 2nd doses of Pfizer and Moderna, and single doses of Johnson & Johnson. All booster doses AND additional doses require an appointment.


What is the difference between an “additional dose” and a “booster dose”?

An additional, or third, dose of a vaccine is given to an immunocompromised person when the initial immune response following a primary vaccine series may have been insufficient.

 

A booster is administered when an initial, sufficient immune response to a primary vaccine series is likely to have weakened over time. MORE: Booster dose FAQ

 

Arlington County's Public Health clinics continue to offer walk-in and scheduled appointments for 1st and 2nd doses of Pfizer and Moderna, and single doses of Johnson & Johnson. All booster doses AND additional doses require an appointment. Appointments can be made online though VAMS.


COVID-19 News & Notes

  • Coming soon! -- Arlington Small Business GRANT 2.0, providing one-time financial grants of $10,000 to support the recovery of Arlington small businesses impacted by COVID-19.


Questions about COVID-19? Call the County's public information line at

703-228-7999, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


 

Arlington COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard

  • More than 160,000 people in Arlington have received at least one dose
  • More than 145,000 Arlingtonians are fully vaccinated
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