N.C. Health Department announces availability of Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot for eligible residents – WXII12 Winston-Salem

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced that Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots are now available for citizens that are considered high-risk for contraction of the virus. In a media release sent out on Friday, officials said that the Pfizer-BioNTech (COMIRNATY) COVID-19 booster shot is recommended and available for N.C. individuals who identify as one or more of the following:Have been fully vaccinated for six months or more with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. 65 years or older18 years or older with underlying medical conditions Work in a high-risk setting (healthcare workers, teachers, childcare providers or food workers)”Pfizer boosters are now authorized for certain groups of individuals to extend the protection of vaccines against severe illness,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. “If you are eligible, get your booster. If you aren’t vaccinated yet, don’t wait. The COVID-19 virus is more contagious than ever and we are seeing it attack the unvaccinated and make them very sick at an alarming rate.”The North Carolina Department of Transportation is also doing its part to make sure eligible citizens are able to receive their booster shot. In a news release, officials said that N.C. residents in need of transportation assistance to vaccine sites, can contact their local transit agency to help shuttle them to and from the location. “We are working hard to ensure that transportation is never a barrier for anyone looking to get their vaccine shot, whether that be their first, second or a booster,” said state Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette. “If you need assistance receiving your shot, please contact your local transit agency.”Since January, NCDOT and NCDHHS have been administering the $2.5 million in Coronavirus Relief Funding. The funds are being used to offset the operating costs associated with transit rides to and from vaccination sites for people who are receiving or assisting someone in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The initiative will continue until the funds are exhausted.To date, 85 transit agencies have used the federal funds to take people to and from vaccine sites in North Carolina.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced that Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots are now available for citizens that are considered high-risk for contraction of the virus.

In a media release sent out on Friday, officials said that the Pfizer-BioNTech (COMIRNATY) COVID-19 booster shot is recommended and available for N.C. individuals who identify as one or more of the following:

  • Have been fully vaccinated for six months or more with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
  • 65 years or older
  • 18 years or older with underlying medical conditions
  • Work in a high-risk setting (healthcare workers, teachers, childcare providers or food workers)

“Pfizer boosters are now authorized for certain groups of individuals to extend the protection of vaccines against severe illness,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. “If you are eligible, get your booster. If you aren’t vaccinated yet, don’t wait. The COVID-19 virus is more contagious than ever and we are seeing it attack the unvaccinated and make them very sick at an alarming rate.”

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is also doing its part to make sure eligible citizens are able to receive their booster shot.

In a news release, officials said that N.C. residents in need of transportation assistance to vaccine sites, can contact their local transit agency to help shuttle them to and from the location.

“We are working hard to ensure that transportation is never a barrier for anyone looking to get their vaccine shot, whether that be their first, second or a booster,” said state Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette. “If you need assistance receiving your shot, please contact your local transit agency.”

Since January, NCDOT and NCDHHS have been administering the $2.5 million in Coronavirus Relief Funding. The funds are being used to offset the operating costs associated with transit rides to and from vaccination sites for people who are receiving or assisting someone in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The initiative will continue until the funds are exhausted.

To date, 85 transit agencies have used the federal funds to take people to and from vaccine sites in North Carolina.

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