DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Individuals who have certain preexisting conditions can now begin getting their COVID-19 booster shot, but the big question is “where can I get it?”
According to the pharmacist at Circle Pharmacy, Zach Mcleod, people who have already received their first two shots of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine can go ahead and roll up their sleeves and get their booster.
Mcleod said as of right now, they are ready and prepared to give the COVID-19 booster vaccine to anyone who is immunocompromised.
“That includes patients that have a history or have active cancer, patients that have HIV, patients that might be on immunocompromised medication, and a couple of other medical conditions that will cause your immune system to need a little extra boost,” Mcleod said.
Circle Pharmacy is currently only giving out third doses of the Moderna vaccine, but Mcleod encourages people to contact their vaccine providers to make finding a certain vaccine easier.
Southeast Health also plans to offer the booster in the near future.
“Patients who have already received their first two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine can go ahead and receive their next dose 28 days after they received their second dose,” Mcleod said.
If you are immunocompromised and needing a Moderna booster vaccine. Mcleod said simply give them a call or walk in to schedule an appointment. He said it is extremely important for people with these preexisting conditions to get the booster as soon as possible in order to be fully protected.
“If you are immunocompromised, you’ve got an increase chance of being susceptible to all bacteria’s and viruses being able to protect yourself from getting the virus, possibly being transmissible giving that virus to someone else, is a huge deal,” Mcleod said.
The Biden administration also announced on Monday, starting on September 20th that anyone will be eligible to get their vaccine booster. Mcleod tells WDHN they are putting together a plan to be ready when that day comes.