Buncombe County Providers Now Offering Pfizer Booster Shots

September 24, 2021

Buncombe County Providers Now Offering Pfizer Booster Shots

 

Pfizer Vaccine Boosters

The CDC’s independent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended certain populations receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine at least six months after the completion of their 2-dose Pfizer vaccine series. In addition, the CDC Director recommended a booster dose for those in high-risk occupational and institutional settings.

The CDC recommends: 

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their 2nd dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine;
  • People aged 50 to 64 with certain underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their 2nd dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine;
  • People 18 to 49 who are at high risk for severe COVID-19 due to certain underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their 2nd dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, based on their individual benefits and risks; and 
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their 2nd dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, based on their individual benefits and risks.
  • According to the CDC, many of the people who are now eligible to receive a Pfizer booster shot will benefit from additional protection. While the more contagious Delta variant remains the predominant strain and in this time of high transmission, a booster shot will help strengthen protection against severe disease in those populations who are at high risk for exposure to COVID-19 or the complications from severe disease.

Individuals who received the 2-dose Pfizer vaccine series and meet the criteria above for the recommended booster of Pfizer may receive their booster at any area Pfizer vaccine provider. Many local pharmacies, grocery stores, medical providers, and local health departments in the area can provide your booster. You can visit www.yourspotyourshot.nc.gov to find a Pfizer booster provider near you.

Buncombe County HHS will begin providing Pfizer boosters to individuals included in the CDC recommendations beginning September 27 at 10 a.m. at Biltmore Church-Arden Campus. The booster drive-through site will be open Monday – Friday from 10 am – 6 pm. In the event of adverse weather, Buncombe County will use all available communication platforms and partners to notify the community.  Please bring your proof of vaccination, preferably your vaccine card that lists your previous vaccinations. Only Pfizer boosters will be available at the Biltmore Church Arden drive-through site. Moderna and J&J boosters are not recommended at this time.

As a reminder, Buncombe County has extended the countywide Face Covering requirement in all indoor spaces during this time of high COVID-19 transmission. Even after the booster, individuals must comply with the local face covering requirement unless experiencing a medical exemption. Additionally, it is recommended that all individuals continue following other infection prevention measures, such as waiting six feet apart from others you do not live with and washing hands frequently. 

For more information on Buncombe County’s vaccination efforts, visit www.buncombeready.org.