Healthcare providers set to offer COVID-19 vaccine boosters to some in Central Florida

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Booster shots to prevent COVID-19 now are available to Americans with compromised immune systems.

Both CVS and Walgreens announced Saturday they are giving a third dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine to anyone with a doctor’s note.

Officials in Seminole County also plan to have booster shots ready Tuesday.

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Officials said they will offer the boosters at events throughout the county and will have 400 to 500 doses at each location.

They plan to offer the boosters for a week to evaluate demand.

Officials said they wanted to start Monday but are waiting for more clarity from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Florida officials about who is eligible to get in line first.

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The CDC’s website shows immunocompromised people includes transplant recipients, those being treated for cancer and HIV and a few others.

However, officials with the Seminole County Emergency Management Department said there are more people who could qualify as immunocompromised, so they want to know from the CDC who else may be eligible and also what documentation those people should bring with them.

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They also note that, in accordance with the CDC’s guidance, they will not offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as a booster.

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