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An FDA advisory panel on Friday voted to allow the use of Pfizer booster shots to be given to residents 65 and over and those in “high risk populations” at least 6 months after their second dose. Residents with certain immunocompromised conditions who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines are already allowed to receive a third dose, at least 28 days after receiving their second dose.

The CDC committee plans to meet on Wednesday and Thursday. We will await their formal recommendation regarding boosters and hope that they will provide additional guidance on those that should be included in this “high risk population.”

The Cook County Department of Public Health is continuing to prioritize those residents who have not received a complete vaccine series ​(1st and 2nd doses). The Delta variant is more contagious than the first variants of the virus, so it is more important than ever that as many people as possible be vaccinated against COVID-19. This is to protect yourself and others against COVID-19, as well as decrease the chance that more dangerous variants will arise.

We further urge all residents to get a flu shot as soon as possible. The flu season could be especially severe this season, and getting infected with both at the same time could lead to more severe illness and more deaths.

Any resident who would like to locate a nearby vaccination location, schedule a free ride to and from a vaccination site, and/or schedule an appointment for COVID-19 vaccinations should call 833.308.1988. For extensive information and educational materials about COVID-19, please click here,

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