Los Alamos County and the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) will hold a vaccine clinic to administer a single Pfizer booster (third dose) for select populations who received the Pfizer vaccine as their primary series (first two doses).
The clinic is 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 at the Auxiliary Gymnasium at Los Alamos High School.
According to the Sept. 24 recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (CDC/ACIP) on the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine booster (third dose), those who should receive the single booster at least six months after completing their Pfizer primary series (the first two doses) include:
- People aged 65 years and older;
- Residents aged 18 years and older in long-term care settings; and
- People aged 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions.
Additionally, the CDC recommends that the following may receive the single booster at least six months after completing their Pfizer primary series:
- People aged 18-49 with underlying medical conditions, and
- People aged 18-64 years at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional settings. Such occupations include front line essential workers and health care workers including first responders, education staff, food and agriculture workers, manufacturing workers, corrections workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, public transit workers, and grocery store workers.
For individuals who fall into the eligible categories but are still uncertain as to whether they should receive the single booster dose of Pfizer, Los Alamos County Emergency Manager Beverley Simpson suggests they speak with their medical care provider to make an informed decision. Individuals can determine if they are eligible and resister for the clinic here.
Simpson reminds appointment holders to complete the online NMDOH medical questionnaire the morning of the clinic, arrive within 10 to 15 minutes of the appointment time, bring the white CDC vaccination card, and wear a mask.
For those who have booked an appointment, but need to cancel, Simpson requests that they do so as soon as possible to open space for others. However, if the conflict is only with the hour, she recommends the individual contact her directly at 505.709.8632 so she can adjust the time accordingly and the individual does not lose their space.
For more information on county related issues regarding COVID-19, visit the county website.