Tri-County Health Care is offering booster shots following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval earlier this month of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine boosters for adults 18 and older.

The booster dose is recommended for those that completed an mRNA sequence at least six months ago. The purpose of a booster is to enhance the protective benefit of the vaccine in preventing COVID-19 infections; this helps prevent COVID-19 illness and hospitalization.

The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices released the following guidelines:

Those ages 50 and older, and those 18 and older in a long-term care facility should receive the booster, and those 18 and older may receive the booster.

Anyone who received Johnson and Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine should get a booster dose of any of the two approved vaccines at least two months after the first dose.

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Studies indicate the COVID-19 infection rate is 11 times lower roughly two weeks after the booster dose, according to health officials, and the rate of severe COVID-19 infection is almost 20 times lower following the booster dose.

For more information about COVID-19 and Tri-County Health Care’s immunization efforts, visit www.tchc.org/covid19.