Updated Covid Booster Eligibility 10/5/21


The following is an update on eligibility for Covid booster vaccinations through the Calvert County Health Department. Current revisions in eligibility simplify the process and improve access to booster doses against a disease that took the lives of 8 Calvert residents over the last 3 weeks. 86 of the 89 Calvert residents who have died from Covid since March of 2020 were unvaccinated. Since the Delta variant entered Southern Maryland in late July, 10-15 Calvert residents have been hospitalized at any given time as a result of Covid infections. We cannot emphasize strongly enough how important it is for every eligible person to get vaccinated against this disease. Due to the increasing number of breakthrough infections since the introduction of the Delta variant, those eligible for booster doses should consider taking advantage of additional protection for themselves and vulnerable people around them.


A report last week from the CDC of over 2.2 million additional (3rd) doses of Pfizer and Moderna documents excellent safety profiles of both vaccines.

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7039e4.htm?s_cid=mm7039e4_w


In order to receive a Covid booster through the Calvert Health Department, individuals shall meet the following criteria:


  1. The initial vaccinations received were either Pfizer or Moderna. *For those who received Johnson & Johnson (J&J), please see below.

  2. At least 4 months have passed since receiving your second vaccine dose

  3. All members of the general public age 16 or older are eligible for booster doses


The Calvert Health Department strongly recommends that anyone 50 or older with underlying health conditions should get a booster dose to reduce your risk of serious complications of Covid.


We also strongly recommend that anyone who works in a prioritized job classification should take advantage of the increased protection of a booster dose. The services you provide to members of our community are essential:


Nursing home staff

Healthcare workers

First responders

People who work or live in congregate residential facilities such as ARC housing, the Domestic Violence Shelter, Substance Use Treatment facilities, and the County Detention Center

Public transit and school bus drivers

Teachers/classroom staff and daycare staff. Boosters are especially recommended for those who work with children unable to wear face coverings due to developmental reasons.


Those previously receive a Johnson & Johnson vaccination and desire a booster must have a note from their personal physician or nurse practitioner recommending a booster dose.

Please understand that supplies of J&J vaccines are very limited. You should talk to your healthcare provider about the possibility of receiving a Pfizer or Moderna booster if Johnson & Johnson vaccines are not available.


To emphasize: The Health Department will not give boosters to those who had their second dose (or single dose of J&J) less than 4 months ago.


Vaccine boosters can be obtained through many primary care providers and pharmacies. You can also schedule an appointment to be vaccinated by Calvert County Health Department nurses using this link below. Scroll down the page to find the date and brand of vaccine that is best for you:

https://www.calvertcountycovid19.com/vaccination

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