COVID-19 vaccine booster shots now available for anyone 18 years and up
Nov. 23, 2021 -- Reid Health now has COVID-19 vaccine booster shots available for those 18 years and older who already have received their initial doses.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently expanded booster shot eligibility for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Now -- no matter which vaccine you initially received -- if you are at least 18 years old, you can get a booster shot.
Those who originally were vaccinated with either Pfizer or Moderna can get a booster six months after their second dose. Johnson & Johnson recipients can get a booster two months after their one dose.
All those eligible for a booster can choose whichever vaccine they would like for the extra shot.
Reid is giving FREE vaccinations in Lingle Hall on the lower level of the main campus in Richmond from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. All three vaccines are available at that site.
Today's COVID-19 stats
- Patients in containment areas: 35
- Number of those patients who are unvaccinated: 24 (68.6%)
- COVID-19 patients in the ICU: 6
- Number of those patients who are unvaccinated: 5 (83.3%)
- COVID-19 patients on ventilators: 4
- Number of those patients who are unvaccinated: 3 (75%)
- Tests submitted since last update: 291
- Lab-confirmed positives since last update: 40 (13.7% positivity rate)
- Suspected COVID-19 admissions in the past 24 hours: 22
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.
- Indiana residents can find vaccination sites and schedule an appointment by going to ourshot.in.gov. Ohio residents should use gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
- If you need to be tested for COVID-19, Reid offers drive-thru testing at 1200 Chester Blvd. in Richmond. Appointments are required and are available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. 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.