MDHHS Reminding Michiganders To Get COVID-19 Booster Shot

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reminding Michiganders to get their booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

They say booster doses are available six months after the primary Pfizer or Moderna series, and two months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

According to the health department, getting the vaccines and receiving the booster dose gives protection against severe illness and hospitalization due to the coronavirus.

They note that in the last 30 days of complete state data (Oct 21- Nov 19), 97,310 (71%) of 137,472 cases, 1,134 (72%) of 1,584 hospitalized cases, and 588 (76%) of 772 deaths were among individuals who were not fully vaccinated.

“We have the tool to get out of the pandemic, but people are choosing not to use it and are continuing to spread a virus that we have the capability to manage at this point,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, MDHHS chief medical executive. “Vaccines are our best defense against the virus, along with continuing to wear masks in indoor public settings and getting tested before any unmasked gatherings. Now is the time to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community. Get vaccinated and boosted as soon as you are eligible. We need you to take responsibility and do your part to end this pandemic.”

According to the health department, Michiganders ages 16 and 17 are eligible to receive a Pfizer booster shot, and those over the age of 18 can choose which booster they prefer.

They say it takes two weeks for someone to receive full protection after the booster dose, which they say means critical extra protection will be available before the end of the year.

The COVID-19 booster can be given with other vaccines, such as the flu shot, at the same time.

The MDHHS says Michiganders should bring their COVID-19 vaccine card or immunization record with them when getting their booster dose.

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