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Moderna, J&J boosters get CDC ok, but wait remains

You cannot schedule your appointment quite yet if you are waiting to get a booster dose of the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines from Door County Medical Center. Friday marked the first day millions of Americans could get an extra dose of all three vaccines after the Centers for Disease Control gave it the ok earlier this week. The Pfizer vaccine was given approval for booster doses last month.

 

The CDC also gave people approval to mix and match their vaccines to give patients, clinicians, and pharmacies a little extra leeway, especially if they are among the most vulnerable. The Washington Post reports that the CDC will release more information on the positives and negatives of each booster or if they recommend people stick with what they were administered before. Door County Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jim Heise says they are just searching for the best outcomes for their patients.

Door County Medical Center is waiting on distributing the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines until they get the final approval from federal and state entities. They expect to be able to begin accepting new appointments for the booster in the middle of November. 

 

 A previous version of this story portrayed the booster vaccine's availability as not being accessible currently, while that is only the case at Door County Medical Center. DCDN regrets the confusion.

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