Tuesday, October 26th, 2021

COVID booster clinics set for November

By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - Two local COVID-19 vaccine booster clinics for the Moderna vaccine will be held in November, according to local health officials.
The clinics come after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's authorization and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' recommendation for a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccines in certain populations, according to a Monday news release from the Mercer County Health District.
The first booster clinic will be held 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Mercer County Health District office on the first floor of the county central services building in Celina. Eligible individuals can call 419-586-3251, option 2, to schedule an appointment.
Individuals will need to bring their COVID-19 vaccination card and insurance cards with them to their appointment. It is recommended that people also bring a completed COVID-19 vaccination screening form with them to their appointment, according to the release. The form is available at www.mchdohio.org, or at the MCHD office.
The health district clinic is not a drive-thru clinic, but people may request curbside vaccination, according to the release. The health district continues to offer the Pfizer vaccine on Fridays at the MCHD office. Individuals can call 419-586-3251 option 2 to ask questions or schedule an appointment.
The second clinic will be held 1-5 p.m. Nov. 5 at Mercer County Community Hospital, 800 W. Main St., Coldwater. Appointments are required and can be made from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling 419-678-5395.
Walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics continue to be offered from 9-10 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. each Tuesday at Community Hospital. Appointments can be made but are not necessary. To schedule an appointment, use the Mercer Health MyChart or call 419-678-5395.
People are eligible for the Pfizer or Moderna booster shots once at least six months have passed after being fully vaccinated. For those who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, a booster shot is recommended for those who are age 18 and older and were vaccinated at least two months ago.
Eligible individuals include people age 65 and older; anyone age 18 and older who lives in long-term care settings; anyone age 18 and older who has underlying medical conditions; and anyone age 18 and older who works or lives in high-risk settings.
Health district officials in the release noted the CDC's recommendations now allow for "mix and match" dosing for booster shots. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose.
People interested in a booster dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine can call Kaup Pharmacy at at 419-375-2323, option 3 for an appointment, according to the health district news release.
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