MDHHS Urging Michiganders Ages 65+, High Risk Individuals To Get Covid Booster Shot
Following approval from the Food and Drug Administration, along with recommendations from the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the MDHHS is urging Michiganders to get a covid booster shot if they received Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
This includes those ages 65 and older, Michiganders ages 18-64 who are at high risk of severe COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions, and those at high risk of COVID-19 due to occupational or institutional exposure.
“The safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is already protecting millions of Michiganders from this deadly virus,” stated Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy for Health at MDHHS. “With the Delta variant circulating and cases of COVID-19 increasing, CDC and FDA have determined that a booster dose is needed for some individuals to maintain and increase that level of protection. We urge all eligible Michiganders to get their booster dose six months after their second dose to help protect against COVID-19.”
The CDC recommends that the following groups should get a booster shot of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after receiving their second dose of the vaccine:
- People 65 years and older and residents aged 18 and older in long-term care settings.
- People ages 50-64 with certain underlying medical conditions.
The CDC recommends that the following groups may receive a booster shot of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at least sic months after receiving their second dose based on their individual benefits and risks:
- People ages 18-49 who are high risk for severe COVID-19 due to certain underlying medical conditions
- People ages 18-64 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting.
According to the CDC, occupations at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission include frontline essential workers and health care workers such as:
- First Responders (health care workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)
- Education Staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
- Food and Agriculture Workers
- Manufacturing Workers
- Corrections Workers
- S. Postal Service Workers
- Public Transit Workers
- Grocery Store Workers
The MDHHS states that Michiganders should bring their COVID-19 vaccine card or immunization record with them when getting their booster dose, which is available at any vaccine provider that has the Pfizer vaccine.
They say to date, more than 67.2% of Michiganders, or more than 5.4 million residents, have gotten at least one dose of one of the three covid vaccines.