ODH offers new COVID-19 recall recommendations

CLEVELAND (WJW) – The Ohio Department of Health released new guidance on COVID-19 booster injections on Saturday.

The guidelines have been sent to more than 3,500 vaccine providers across the state, including local health departments and clinics.

Upon hearing the news, some Ohio residents were eager to receive the booster, including Sunny Webb, “I have immune deficiencies so I think it’s common for me to get the booster.”

But others say they plan to wait.

“Some people say you shouldn’t get it, some people say you should get it, so we haven’t decided whether or not we will,” said Jim Folker.

According to ODH, the booster dose of the Pfizer / Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine is now available for the following populations, “at least 6 months after the end of the Pfizer primary series:”

People 65 years of age and older or residents of long-term care facilities SHOULD receive a booster injection.

People aged 50 to 64 with certain underlying medical conditions SHOULD be given a booster injection.

People between the ages of 18 and 49 with certain underlying medical conditions may be given a booster based on their individual benefits and risks. The CDC said this is a decision made by the vaccine recipient, but eligible people are encouraged to speak to their health care providers if they have any questions.

People aged 18 and over who are at increased risk of exposure and transmission to COVID-19 due to their work or living in an institution may be recalled based on their individual benefits and risks. The CDC said this is a decision made by the vaccine recipient.

The ODH says the guidelines are in line with the Centers for Disease Control and the FDA.

Earlier in the week, CDC director Rochelle Walensky sided with the FDA and quashed an advisory committee that had refused to approve the recall.

“The advisory committee had an in-depth discussion on whether recalls should be available for those at high risk of COVID due to an occupational or institutional risk,” Walensky said. “If I had been in the room and on the committee, I would have voted yes. And this is reflected in my decision to allow the use of the Pfizer BioNtech COVID-19 booster dose. “

Those eligible for the booster must allow 2 to 3 weeks to obtain their booster dose and must certify that they meet one of the eligibility conditions.

However, no specific proof will be required of them.

Ohioans who want to learn more about vaccines should speak to their doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.

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