The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday announced it has expanded its recommendations for COVID-19 booster shots to include all three vaccines available in the U.S.
For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at six months or more after their initial series:
- 65 years and older
- Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
- Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings (including colleges/universities)
For those who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, booster shots are recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.
Marshall University, in collaboration with the Cabell-Huntington Health Department, will begin providing booster shots for students and employees beginning next Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Room BE-5 of the Memorial Student Center.
The order of booster administration on campus will be similar to that used for the initial vaccine series—beginning with those 65 years of age and older and/or those with underlying medical conditions. Members of the university community who received their initial vaccines on campus will receive an e-mail from the Office of Environmental Health and Safety with the scheduled date for them to receive their booster on campus. Please do your best to adhere to the scheduled appointment in the e-mail; however, if that date does not coincide with your schedule, you may walk up to the vaccine clinic on the closest date that fits your schedule.
You are not required to get your booster shot on campus just because you received your initial doses at Marshall. Booster shots also are available at retail pharmacies, county health departments, etc. To find a COVID-19 vaccine near you, visit https://www.vaccines.gov.
If you have questions, please e-mail COVID19@marshall.edu.