The Putnam County Department of Health will be offering Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for all eligible individuals at three newly scheduled clinics. Children 5 to 11 years of age are eligible for either a first or second dose of the Pfizer vaccine and a limited number of appointments are still available today.
Adults are eligible to receive first doses, second doses and boosters of both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. These slots are filled on Monday, but the Putnam County Department of Health says cancellations may occur.
Today's clinic in Carmel Plaza, at the former Dressbarn location, is from 1 to 3:30pm. A second clinic will be held at the same location, same time, on December 28th.
Second doses follow three to four weeks after the initial dose, depending which initial vaccine was received. Boosters for adults can be given if six months has passed since the second dose was received, or two months after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson. Individuals who received the J&J shot initially, may receive either Moderna or Pfizer boosters, since the Johnson and Johnson vaccine will not be available at these clinics.
To be eligible for a Moderna booster, an individual must be 18 years and older. Pfizer boosters can be given to those 16 years of age and older. If an individual 16 or 17 years old received two doses of Pfizer more than six months ago, a Pfizer booster is the only option. Those 18 years of age and older can switch vaccines manufacturers if desired.