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St. James Parish Hospital is now offering Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters to eligible patients.

What is a Vaccine Booster?

A booster shot is an additional dose of a vaccine. Typically, patients are offered boosters after immunity from the initial dose(s) naturally starts to wane. A booster is designed to help people maintain their level of immunity for longer.

The CDC has approved vaccine boosters for all three vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. St. James Parish Hospital is currently offering Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters. On March 29, 2022, the FDA also authorized a second booster dose of Pfizer and Moderna for older and immunocompromised individuals (see additional details below). 

The CDC allows patients to “mix and match” boosters, meaning that any patient who was vaccinated and qualifies for a booster (see below) can choose to receive any approved booster regardless of the type of vaccine initially administered.

Who Qualifies for COVID-19 1st Boosters?

Pfizer 

Children 5+ and adults who completed the Pfizer Vaccine series at least five months ago.

Moderna 

Adults 18+ who completed the Moderna Vaccine series at least five months ago. 

Johnson & Johnson 

Any adult 18+ who took the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine at least two months ago. 

*Any patient who was vaccinated and meets the qualifications above for a booster can choose to receive a Pfizer or Moderna booster regardless of the type of vaccine initially administered.  

Pfizer Pediatric Vaccine (additional doses)

The CDC also recommending that moderately or severely immunocompromised 5–11 year olds receive an additional primary dose (4th shot) of vaccine after their second shot and first additional dose (3rd shot).

Who Qualifies for COVID-19 2nd Boosters?

A second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine may be administered to individuals 50 years of age and older at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.

A second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine may be administered to individuals 12 years of age and older with certain kinds of immunocompromise at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine. These are people who have undergone solid organ transplantation, or who are living with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise.

A second booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine may be administered at least 4 months after the first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 18 years of age and older with the same certain kinds of immunocompromise.

Get your COVID-19 Booster Shot.

COVID-19 Vaccines, Pediatric Vaccines and Boosters are offered on Thursdays from 1pm to 5pm through St. James Urgent Care in our Medical Plaza (located to the right through our new entrance). The location and schedule is subject to change based on volumes and availability.

At this time all COVID vaccines are being offered on a walk-in basis. No appointments are needed.

 

 


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