Juneau to roll out Pfizer COVID vaccine boosters next week

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - In lieu of the CDC endorsing COVID-19 booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans, The city of Juneau is already at work getting those very boosters out to people.

    Pfizer vaccine boosters will be available at the Juneau Public Health Center starting Tuesday. A Centennial Hall clinic will be open October 1st and 2nd to qualifying individuals. 
    In addition to boosters, both sites will offer first and second dose Pfizer vaccines to individuals ages 12 and up. CBJ Emergency Planning Chief, Robert Barr, said the last roll out they did at Centennial was a good model.

    "We know those operations by heart now, so we're going to do that again," said Barr. "Boosters were authorized for many people, but not all, so everyone over the age of 65, everyone with certain medical conditions sort of based on an individual benefit and risk that is over 18, and then also people over 18 who have a frequent workplace-based exposure."
    Barr said that eligibility is contingent upon the booster being six months or more after a second dose.

    "Right now, it's just those who received the Pfizer vaccine, I think that's going to change in the coming weeks and perhaps months, and we'll get more information for people who received the Moderna or the Johnson Johnson vaccine, But the meeting yesterday was was just just authorizing boosters for the Pfizer."
    The city advises that Individuals looking to get a first or second vaccine dose, or who qualify for the booster should not get a booster if you have received monoclonal antibody therapy in the past 90 days, and if you are sick, saying that people who are symptomatic should wait until their symptoms are resolved before receiving any COVID-19 vaccination, including a booster.
    Sign-up for the October clinic at Centennial Hall is open now at Juneau.org/vaccine.

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