Yolo County has begun the process of distributing Pfizer booster doses to residents who received their second Pfizer dose at least 6 months ago. Keep in mind that only the Pfizer booster has been authorized, meaning those who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines will have to wait until a booster is authorized and made available. This article will take you through who should and who may get the Pfizer booster, and how to go about receiving a third dose in Yolo County.
Who Should Get a Booster?
Older adults, who have been especially affected by COVID-19, are high on the priority list for a third dose of Pfizer. The CDC and California Department of Public Health recommend a booster dose for individuals in the following groups who completed their 2-dose primary series of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months ago:
Age 65 years and older or residing in a long-term care facility, or
Age 50 through 64 years with underlying medical conditions (click the link to view the underlying medical conditions)
One key takeaway is that for older adults, there has been a small drop overtime of the effectiveness of two Pfizer doses in preventing hospitalization. For this reason, the groups listed above are encouraged to receive a booster dose. According to Yolo County Public Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson, "We have seen some drop in the protection against hospitalization in older adults over time, which is why we are recommending a booster for those over 65."
Who May Get a Booster?
Booster doses have also been authorized for those ages 18 through 64 with underlying medical conditions, or age 18 through 64 and at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting.
Yolo County Public Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson advises that there is no need for everyone to rush out and get a booster vaccine. "Two doses of the Pfizer vaccine still protect very well against severe disease, hospitalization, and death in most people." People who may get a booster are advised to speak with their healthcare provider to discuss whether they would benefit from a booster at this time. Occupations at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission include the following:
First responders (healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
Food and agriculture workers
Public transit workers
Grocery store workers
Where Can I Receive My Booster?
1. Health Care Provider or Clinic
There are several ways to receive a Pfizer booster in Yolo County. Your first step is to check with your health care provider. Click on your health care provider below to find out about their booster process and availability: