HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Reno County Health Department announced Friday that it will begin offering free COVID-19 booster vaccinations starting Monday, Sept. 27, to select populations.
The FDA granted emergency use authorization of the Pfizer vaccine to be used as a booster dose. The Advisory Committee for Immunization Practice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention further limited the approved population, specifying persons age 65+ and residents in long-term care settings, along with those aged 50 to 64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot at least six months after their Pfizer primary series second dose.
Persons aged 18 to 49 with underlying medical conditions and ages 18 to 64 who are at increased risk for exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster of Pfizer at least six months after their primary series was completed, based on their individual benefits and risks.
The vaccine will be administered to those who received their primary doses of Pfizer at least six months prior. The health department will inform the public regarding Moderna and J&J vaccines once more information is received about booster vaccines.
Appointments may be scheduled by calling 620-694-2900 ext. 6, or walk-ins will be accepted during normal operating hours. The health department is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m., and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m. Flu vaccines can also be administered at the same time as the COVID booster.
The health department is also administering first and second doses of the vaccine to any Reno County resident aged 12 and over, regardless of citizen status or insurance. For a ride to one of the vaccine sites, call RCAT at 620-694-2913.