PASADENA, Calif.—Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) is administering Pfizer vaccine third ("booster") doses in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance for a booster dose in several population groups, as well as those in high risk occupational and institutional settings.
Boosters are currently only available to individuals who received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Those who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson will need to wait until the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC review the data about boosters, and determine the need for and safety of boosters for these vaccines.
Individuals who should receive a booster dose of Pfizer include those who received the second of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine series at least six months ago and are:
- 65 or older;
- Residents of long-term care facilities; or
- 50 to 64 years old with underlying medical conditions.
Certain other individuals may receive a booster dose of Pfizer if they received the second of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine series at least six months ago and are:
- 18 to 49 years old with underlying medical conditions; or
- 18 to 64 years with high institutional or occupational risk, including healthcare workers, first responders, teachers and daycare staff, grocery workers, and workers in homeless shelters or prisons.
The CDC advises that people can consult their physician to determine if they need a booster dose, and should assess their individual benefits and risks.
"We encourage eligible Pasadena residents to receive a booster dose of Pfizer vaccine at least six months after completing their initial 2-dose Pfizer series at one of many locations: through your own physician, a pharmacy or clinic, or at Pasadena Public Health Department clinics. PPHD will continue to work closely with our community to offer COVID-19 vaccines to those who are not yet vaccinated, in addition to providing booster doses," says Pasadena Public Health Department Director and Health Officer Dr. Ying-Ying Goh.
Those seeking Pfizer booster doses can make an appointment at MyTurn.CA.gov or at a local pharmacy that offers Pfizer vaccinations. PPHD is offering booster vaccines by appointment only for those registered through the MyTurn system. For those who need help making an appointment, contact the Pasadena Citizen Service Center at (626) 744-7311, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
PPHD will host two drive-thru clinics for Pfizer booster doses by appointment only on Saturday, Oct. 2, and Tuesday, Oct. 5. Look for these clinics on MyTurn.CA.gov or contact the Citizen Service Center for help registering.
Residents will need to bring proof that they have received two previous Pfizer doses. For most people, this will be in the form of the white vaccination card, a photo of the white vaccination card, or a digital record of the two doses. At all PPHD clinics, clients may be asked to sign an attestation form indicating they meet the criteria to receive the booster.
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