Booster shots: Here’s who is eligible and where you can get them

MIAMI VALLEY — Public Health agencies in Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Shelby counties will be administering a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine to people with guidance from the CDC and Ohio Department of Health.

Public Health said other providers like pharmacies and grocery stores will also have the vaccine boosters available.

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Here’s who is eligible for booster shots:

COVID-19 Vaccine booster shots are available for the following Pfizer vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least 6 months ago:

-People age 65 and older

-People 18 and older who have underlying health conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic lung diseases, including COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Dementia or other neurological conditions
  • Diabetes (type 1 or type 2)
  • Down syndrome
  • Heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies or hypertension)
  • HIV infection
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system)
  • Liver disease
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
  • Smoking, current or former
  • Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant
  • Stroke or cerebrovascular disease, which affects blood flow to the brain
  • Substance use disorders

-People 18 and older who work in high-risk settings;

  • First responders (healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
  • Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
  • Food and agriculture workers
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Corrections workers
  • U.S. Postal Service workers
  • Public transit workers
  • Grocery store workers

-People 18 and older who live in high-risk settings:

  • Long-term care facilities

COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PHONE NUMBERS:

  • Champaign Health District (937) 653-0110
  • Clark County Combined Health District (937) 390-5600
  • Darke County General Health District (937) 548-4196 option #5
  • Greene County Public Health (937) 374-5600 press #1
  • Miami County Public Health (937) 573-3500
  • Montgomery County (937) 225-6217
  • Preble County Public Health (937) 472-0087
  • Sidney-Shelby County Health Department (937) 498-7249

“Everyone is recommended to stay with whatever previous vaccine they got,” Suffoletto said. “This is only impacting people with the Pfizer vaccine at this point.”

Public Health said other providers like pharmacies and grocery stores will also have the vaccine boosters available.

The booster shots come as Public Health is continuing to give away $100 gift cards to people who receive their first COVID-19 vaccine dose at select vaccine clinics in Montgomery County.

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Suffoletto said he doesn’t expect Gov. Mike DeWine’s announcement of the Vax-to-School lottery-style incentive program for students ages 12-25 who received their COVID-19 vaccines.

“The incentive program the Governor announced yesterday will not directly impact what we’re doing,” Suffoletto said. “We will still have the $100 gift cards.”

The program will be similar to the state’s previous Vax-A-Million program. In the program, the state will give away five $100,000 scholarships and 50 $10,000 scholarships.