Booster timing for Moderna COVID-19 vaccine moved up a month
Jan. 10, 2022 -- Federal health officials have moved up the booster shot timing for Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, bringing it in line with the Pfizer vaccine, which also uses mRNA technology to create an immune response to the virus.
Those who received either of the two-dose vaccines should now get a booster five months after their second dose. Previously, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had recommended booster shots six months after the second dose.
For those who received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the guideline for getting a booster remains two months after their initial dose.
The change comes because of the rapid rise of the highly contagious Omicron variant, which has shown an ability to at least somewhat evade immunity brought about by a previous infection or the initial series of the vaccines.
Data has shown a booster dose of an mRNA vaccine such as Pfizer or Moderna greatly increases the vaccine's effectiveness against Omicron infection, going from about 35% to about 75%. The vaccines continue to perform very well in protecting against severe illness, including hospitalization and death.
Reid Health is giving out primary doses and booster at Lingle Grand Hall on the lower level of Reid's main campus in Richmond. Hours there are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
You don't have to schedule an appointment or pre-register. Walk-ins are welcome, and there are no long wait times.
For those who would like to make an appointment, Indiana residents can find vaccination sites and schedule a time by going to ourshot.in.gov. Ohio residents should use gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Today's COVID-19 stats
- Patients in containment areas: 52
- Number of those patients who are unvaccinated: 37 (71.2%)
- COVID-19 patients in the ICU: 10
- Number of those patients who are unvaccinated: 7 (70%)
- COVID-19 patients on ventilators: 9
- Number of those patients who are unvaccinated: 7 (77.8%)
- Tests submitted since last update: 1,088
- Lab-confirmed positives since last update: 244 (22.4% positivity rate)
- Suspected COVID-19 admissions in the past 24 hours: 16
Unvaccinated, as defined by the CDC, includes anyone who either has not received a dose or has received only the first of a two-dose vaccine.
Reid Health serves an eight-county area, including Wayne, Randolph, Henry, Union, Fayette, and Franklin counties in Indiana and Darke and Preble counties in Ohio. The statistics above represent patients from throughout the service area.
- You should never delay care. Previous surges have seen patients put off necessary care for emergent issues such as chest pain, stroke symptoms, appendicitis, and even symptoms of cancer. Delaying care can have life-altering consequences.
- COVID-19 vaccines are FREE. They are safe. Make an informed decision by consulting sites such as the CDC and FDA.
- If you need to be tested for COVID-19, Reid offers drive-thru testing at 1200 Chester Blvd. in Richmond and at 2025 Virginia Ave. in Connersville. Appointments are required at both sites. The Richmond location is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily while the Connersville location runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, call Reid's COVID-19 Hotline.
- Those with risk factors for severe COVID-19 illness might qualify for an infusion of monoclonal antibodies, a treatment designed to help your immune system fight viruses. The infusion works best when given within a few days of the start of symptoms and can be given regardless of whether you've been vaccinated. For more information, call Reid's COVID-19 Hotline.
- The COVID-19 Hotline staff can assist with scheduling a test, receiving test results, and seeking clinical advice. The hotline is open seven days a week by calling (765) 965-4200. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Before you come to a Reid Health site to see a loved one or accompany them to an appointment, be sure to check our latest visitor policy and screening procedures.
- Surgical masks are required in all Reid Health facilities. Cloth masks are not acceptable. Reid will provide you with a surgical mask upon entry if needed.