Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster doses available at Health District COVID-19 clinics
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 26, 2021
LAS VEGAS – In keeping with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations, the Southern Nevada Health District is urging all eligible people to get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Booster doses are now available at Health District clinic locations.
For people who received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster at 6 months or more after they received their second dose:
- 65 years and older
- 18 and older who live in long-term care settings
- 18 and older who have underlying medical conditions, which include but are not limited to: cancer, chronic heart, lung and kidney diseases, dementia, diabetes, down syndrome, HIV, overweight and obesity, pregnancy, organ transplants, and stroke.
- 18 and older who work or live in high-risk settings, including health care workers and frontline essential workers. A complete list of eligible occupations is available on the Health District website.
For people who receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, booster doses are recommended for those who were vaccinated two or more months ago, regardless of age or other underlying risk factors.
“We know the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at protecting people from severe illness, hospitalizations and death. However, because the protection offered by the vaccines may wane over time, it is important that everyone, especially people who are more vulnerable to developing complications, get a booster dose,” said Dr. Fermin Leguen, District Health Officer for the Health District.
People can get the booster dose with same vaccine as they initially received or with a different vaccine. An additional dose is also recommended for people with moderate to severely compromised immune systems. This additional dose can be administered 28 days after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine has been received. Individuals who receive this additional dose should get the same vaccine they initially received.
Health District and community clinic sites can be found at snhd.info/covid-vaccine. More information about community vaccination site locations can be found at NVCOVIDFighter.org. As of October 25, 2,615,794 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Clark County. More than 75 percent of adults have initiated vaccination and more than 70 percent of those currently eligible (people 12 and older) have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. People who are not vaccinated or are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to find a clinic and get the vaccine.
Additional COVID-19 resources and information, including testing locations, are available on the Health District website at www.snhd.info/covid.
The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info.