On September 22, 2021 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a single dose booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19. Poole’s Pharmacy Care in Lewisport offers the booster shot.
“Current guidelines say people aged 65 and older can get the booster shot,” Poole’s Pharmacy Manager Adria Eubanks said. “Also, people age 18 to 64 with certain immuno-compromising conditions are eligible for the booster.”
Also, the Centers for Disease Control lists a variety of occupations eligible for booster shots. The occupations include first responders, education workers, food and agricultural workers, manufacturing, correctional facility workers, postal service employees, public transit workers and grocery store employees.
As it stands now, only the Pfizer vaccine is available in a booster shot. Eubanks said the pharmacy’s protocols prevent them from giving the Pfizer booster to persons that received the Moderna vaccine earlier this year.
“Currently the guideline is to get a booster of the vaccine a person received the first time,” Eubanks said.
In addition, a person seeking a booster shot must wait six months from the date of their vaccination to receive a booster. The only exception is for people with extremely weakened immune systems. For example, persons taking Chemotherapy treatments are eligible for immediate boosters.
People seeking a booster shot from Poole’s Pharmacy really need to call ahead for an appointment. Eubanks said people need to call between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to schedule an appointment. The number to call is 270.295.3131
“We prefer they call and make an appointment so we can have the proper amount of vaccine thawed,” Eubanks said. “Also, we prefer they call ahead so we can have the proper staffing to administer the shots.”
Eubanks said the federal government pays for the shot, and Poole’s bills a small administrative fee to a person’s insurance.
“If somebody does not have insurance, we will still give them the dose,” Eubanks said.
By Ralph Dickerson