COVID-19 VACCINE update
Your health and safety remain our top priority. That’s why, as COVID-19 continues to spread, we want to help you stay informed about the best ways to protect yourself and those around you.
As you may have heard, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has fully approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for those ages 16 and older. This is great news because it confirms that the vaccine is safe and effective for reducing the risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. At this time, the vaccine continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA) for individuals 12-15 years of age.
Additionally, booster shots are also being recommended for ongoing protection against the virus for certain high-risk individuals or those with weakened immune systems. The additional dose has been authorized for Pfizer and Moderna, and a similar authorization is expected soon for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The boosters should be available to the broader public who qualify beginning the week of Sept. 20, starting eight months after an individual’s second dose of the two-dose vaccines. Eligibility will be phased, with many health care providers, nursing home and long-term care residents, and other seniors among those who will likely be eligible first.
We encourage you to learn more about the recent FDA approval and boosters. We also invite you to talk with your provider if you have questions or think you’re eligible for a booster shot. Vaccination locations will vary, depending on your community. Since Providence hospitals and clinics may not be a distribution point for booster shots and additional doses, contact your local public health authority to learn where to go including California’s vaccination registration site MyTurn.ca.gov if recommended and eligible.