Metro Detroit health depts. offering Moderna, J&J COVID-19 boosters
The city of Detroit and its neighboring suburban health authorities have started giving Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 booster vaccinations.
The city said it began offering the booster on Tuesday in addition to Pfizer booster vaccinations at all vaccination sites operated by the city, including 10 running centers and home visits.
Oakland County Health Division also began delivering booster doses of Moderna and J&J vaccines at sites in Pontiac and Holly. Additional clinics are planned in Rochester, Pontiac and Southfield later this week. Pfizer booster doses will also be available.
The Washtenaw County Health Department will also be offering boosters from Moderna and J&J from Tuesday at its drive-through and ongoing walk-in clinics in October in 555 Towner in Ypsilanti.
The Wayne County Department of Health also offers free booster doses at all county sponsored vaccine sites with no prior registration required. The Macomb County’s Department of Health welcomes them with walk-ins in addition to the Pfizer booster, but dates are preferred.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved boosters for those who have received the second dose of the two-shot regimen of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at least six months ago and are 65 years of age and older are older or 18 years and older in long-term care facilities or with pre-existing medical conditions or who work or live in high-risk environments, including health workers, first responders, teachers, manufacturing and other occupations.
The CDC also recommended boosters for people 18 years and older who had received the J&J single-dose vaccine at least two months ago.
Residents can choose which booster vaccine to receive – either the same vaccine as before or a different one, given the CDC-approved booster dose combination. The Moderna booster is half the dose of the primary series vaccine.
A third full dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is also available to all immunocompromised city dwellers as long as they remain 28 days after their first two-dose series.
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“We have ample supplies of vaccines, and that includes booster doses for those who are now eligible to receive them,” Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said in a press release. “Vaccines remain the best tool we have to protect against COVID-19. I encourage all Detroiters to get their booster dose now before the holidays. And if you haven’t been vaccinated, please do so now. “
Denise Fair Razo, chief public health officer, agreed.
“We know Detroiters are planning their celebrations with family and friends, so we encourage anyone eligible for a booster dose to plan now to receive their booster dose so that everyone stays healthy and safe. The time is now that shot, “she said.
“It’s flu season too, so I encourage everyone to get their annual flu vaccine as well. This is important to keep everyone safe and protected in the cold months ahead. “
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While walk-ins are welcome, appointments are recommended for all Detroit vaccination centers by calling 313-230-0505 or making an online appointment at vaccinatedetroit.com. Bring your vaccination certificate with you to your appointment.
In Oakland County, too, appointments are highly recommended, but not required. Go to OaklandCountyVaccine.com. Those without internet can call the on-call nurse at 800-848-5533 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This week’s Oakland County clinics are:
- Drive-Through Clinic 9 am-12pm Wednesday at the Rochester Fire Department, 277 E. 2nd St., Rochester.
- Drive-through clinic, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, located on the county government campus, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac, in the parking lot between the North Office Building (26 East) and the Coroner’s Office (28 East).
- Indoor clinic from 2pm to 6pm Thursday at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield.
- Indoor clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield.
Walk-ins are welcome at Wayne County Health Department locations, but those wishing to schedule an appointment can call 866-610-3885. For more information, visit waynecounty.com/covid19/vaccination.aspx.
To schedule an appointment in Macomb County, call 586-463-3750 and press 1. Online scheduling should be available later this week at macombgov.org/vaccinecentral.
Starting doses of all three vaccines, as well as Pfizer boosters, are also available at Washtenaw County Health Department clinics. No appointments are required. Further information can be found at washtenaw.org/3269/COVID-19-immigung.
Contact Christina Hall: [email protected] Follow her on Twitter: @challreporter.
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