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COVID boosters’ rollout plans unveiled
Saturday, 02 October 2021 11:33

From Staff Reports 

Health departments in Buncombe, Haywood and Henderson counties have unveiled plans for how they will distribute COVID-19 boosters to eligible residents starting the last week of September, Asheville television station WLOS (News 13) reported Sept. 24.

“Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, the current booster is only available for those who have previously been vaccinated with both doses of the Pfizer- BioNTech’S COVID vaccine at least six months ago,” News 13 noted.

On Sept. 24, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of CDC, overruled an advisory panel and extended COVID-19 booster eligibility to a wider array of people.

The CDC now recommends:

• People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.

• People ages 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Prizer-BioNTech primary series.

• People ages 18-49 years who are at increeased risk of COVID-9 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Prizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

• People ages 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

Following is a county-by-county roundup of COVID booster plans, as provided by News 13:

 

• Buncombe County

Starting Sept. 27, Buncombe County Health and Human Services will offer the booster to qualifying residents at the Biltmore Church/Arden campus. 

The agency is prepared for a large turnout, Lillian Govus, director of communications and public engagement for Buncombe County, stated.

“We know there’s a lot of interest in this booster vaccine,” Govus told News 13, “especially because we have such high upticks in those 65 and older.”

Govus said those who qualify for the booster wwill not have to get out of their vehicles.

“We’re doing a drive-through Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can drive through and get that booster shot,” Govus told News 13. “It offers that convenience especially for folks who aren’t as mobile.”

For more information, visit www.buncombeready.org.

 

• Haywood County

Haywood County Health and Human Services began taking appointments for booster shots at the health department on Sept. 27. 

To schedule a COVID-19 booster for Pfizer-BioNTech at the Haywood County Health Department, call 452-6675.

 

• Henderson County

Beginning Sept. 28 (on every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), eligible residents in Henderson County can get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster from the Henderson County Department of Public Health at the former JCPenney store at Blue Ridge Mall.

When online registration for the Pfizer-BioNTech booster opened Sept. 24 afternoon, more than 60 people signed up within a few hours, according to Victoria Cortes, emergency management planner at Henderson County Emergency Management Services, 

“We’re going to start with 1,000 [boosters] per day capability and can bump that up from there,” Cortes told News 13.

Henderson County COVID-19 booster Pfizer-BioNTech appointments can be made at www.hendersoncountync.gov/health, or by calling 585-4700.

“Residents do not have to go through a health department to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster; it’s being offered at many locations,” News 13 noted. 

“To find the nearest location, head to www.myspot.nc.gov and check “Pfizer-BioNTech (age 12+)” to search locations and ensure Pfizer is available.

“According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, those seeking the booster shot will need to provide proof of previous vaccinations to receive the booster at any location,” News 13 stated in its report.

 



 


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