Reid administers 1,000th extra dose of COVID-19 vaccine
Oct. 12, 2021 -- Reid Health on Monday gave out its 1,000th extra dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since booster shots and third doses for some individuals were approved by federal health officials last month.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have approved booster shots for some groups of people who received the Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago.
- Anyone 65 years and older;
- Those 18 years and older who have underlying medical conditions such as cancer; chronic kidney, liver, lung, or heart conditions; diabetes; pregnancy; obesity; HIV; and more;
- Those 18 and older who work in high-risk settings such as first responders (healthcare workers, firefighters, police), long-term care, education (teachers, support staff, daycare workers), food and agriculture, manufacturing, prisons and jails, public transit, U.S Postal Service, and grocery stores;
- Those 18 and older who live in long-term care or high-risk settings.
For now, only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for a booster dose and only for the specific groups listed above. The CDC says others who received the Pfizer vaccine and those who received the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will likely need a booster as well, but more data is needed first.
Studies have suggested protection against infection and mild illness given by the COVID-19 vaccine may decrease over time, although the vaccines continue to perform well in preventing severe illness and death. Data has shown the Pfizer booster shot increases a person's immune response, helping the body to better prevent infection.
The FDA and CDC also have given approval for an extra dose of the two-shot Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for anyone who is moderately to severely immunocompromised. That third dose should come at least 28 days after the second.
Those with compromised immune systems are at a high risk for severe COVID-19 illness, and even if vaccinated, their bodies might not build the same level of immunity to the regular two-dose series as those who aren't immunocompromised. A third dose is intended to provide greater protection against the virus.
Talk with your healthcare provider about your particular medical condition and whether an additional vaccine dose is appropriate for you.
FREE COVID-19 vaccinations are available at a number of nearby locations. Indiana residents can find sites and sign up for an appointment by going to ourshot.in.gov. Ohio residents should use gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Today's COVID-19 stats
- Patients in containment areas: 41
- Number of those patients who are unvaccinated: 27 (65.9%)
- COVID-19 patients in the ICU: 9
- Number of those patients who are unvaccinated: 8 (88.9%)
- COVID-19 patients on ventilators: 4
- Number of those patients who are unvaccinated: 4 (100%)
- Tests submitted since last update: 343
- Lab-confirmed positives since last update: 51 (14.9% positivity rate)
- Suspected COVID-19 admissions in the past 24 hours: 28
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.
- Since Reid's COVID-19 hotline was established on Aug. 26, more than 5,400 community members have taken advantage of the service. Hotline staff can assist with scheduling a test, receiving test results, and seeking clinical advice. The hotline is available 8 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days a week by calling (765) 965-4200.
- 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.