Central District offering COVID booster shots

Published: Aug. 18, 2021 at 3:36 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) -Based on recent Center for Disease Control recommendations, the Central District Health Department will immediately begin offering third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to those with weakened immune systems.

The health department will also be offering third doses to those who are not immunocompromised beginning the third week of September.

For those who want to get their third dose now, they must meet the following conditions, per CDC guidelines:

  • Those in active cancer treatment           
  • Those who have received an organ transplant or who are on suppressive medication           
  • Recipients of stem cell transplants in the last two years        
  • Those with severe primary immunodeficiency           
  • Those with advanced or untreated HIV           
  • Those with active treatment including high-dose corticosteroids

Anyone with these conditions or who believes they need a third dose should consult their primary physician before coming to the health department.  

The CDC states that those with weakened immune systems don’t always build the same level of immunity after vaccination. 

In addition, studies are beginning to show the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine drops after 8 months, particularly against the Delta variant.

Based on that recommendation the health department will be offering third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the general public beginning the week of September 20.

The health department said vaccines are extremely important as they are the best line of defense against COVID-19, which continues to grow in their district.

The district confirmed more than 100 cases of the virus in the last 7 days. Currently fewer than 4 in 10 residents in the district are vaccinated. 

The Health Department offers vaccine clinics, including boosters, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Mondays – Fridays and 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Vaccines are offered at no cost to you.

For more information, contact the CDHD at (308) 385-5175.

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