FORT DRUM, NY (WWTI) – COVID-19 booster injections are now available for the military.
The Tricare newsroom announced Thursday that booster injections of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine are now available at military medical treatment facilities and all Department of Defense vaccination sites. This was after the Food and Drug Administration, the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, and the New York State Department of Health recommended a recall for some people.
According to the CDC, a booster is different from an “extra dose” of vaccine. A booster injection aims to increase the waning immunity seen over time. This is initially recommended for people with weakened immune systems. The following people are eligible to receive a single Pfizer booster vaccine:
- Person 65 years of age and over and residents in long-term care facilities
- People aged 18 and over in long-term care facilities
- Individuals aged 50 to 64 with underlying health problems
- Individuals aged 18-49 with underlying health conditions based on their individual benefits and risks
- People aged 18 to 64 who are at increased risk of exposure and transmission to COVID-19 due to professional or institutional settings such as teachers, frontline healthcare workers and essential workers, and incarcerated persons, according to their individual advantages and risks.
A booster is limited to those who have previously received a two-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for their initial vaccination. Booster shots are not recommended for those who have received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. There is currently a six month waiting period after the completion of the second dose of Pfizer.
Proof of an underlying condition or occupational risk is not required to receive this dose at DoD sites. Booster doses are not currently included in DoD or federal worker mandates for COVID-19 vaccine requirements.