It’s your shot, (for some) teachers – again!
Teachers and daycares are among those who have been approved for a third âboosterâ injection of the Pfizer vaccine.
Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration authorized booster doses of Pfizer vaccine for specific individuals, including people 65 years of age and older, people 50 to 64 years old with underlying conditions, some people 18 to 49 years old with underlying conditions, and people 18 years and older who have increased risk of exposure due to their professional or institutional environment.
According to the new CDC guidelines, these people include, in addition to teachers and daycares, healthcare workers, first responders, staff in collective care facilities, food and agriculture workers, people working in public transport, grocery stores and others. .
At this time, booster shots are only for people who have received the Pfizer vaccine and should be given at least six months after receiving the second dose. At a press conference on Wednesday, Dr. Lindsay Weaver, chief medical officer for Indiana, said more than 1.6 million Hoosiers have received the Pfizer vaccine series.
“We have an adequate supply of Pfizer,” said Weaver, “to provide these booster doses.”
Boosters can be received without an appointment. Those looking for one should visit ourshot.in.gov for a site called “PVAX,” indicating that they offer Pfizer vaccine, and complete the online form to certify that they are eligible for a booster dose.
Most teachers should soon be eligible
All teachers in Indiana became eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in March after a White House directive urged states to prioritize teachers, school workers and educators for immunization. Teachers who received their first injection in mid-March would have received their second in early April, meaning they should be eligible next month.
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Prior to that, the state had opened up access to the vaccine based on age, so older teachers who received the Pfizer vaccine may already be eligible for a booster dose.
âBoosters provide an added level of protection for our most vulnerable Hoosiers,â Weaver said Wednesday.
According to Weaver, more than 35,000 people have already received their third dose of the Pfizer vaccine in Indiana.