DeKalb County begins scheduling 3rd dose, booster appointments

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By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter

DeKALB — The DeKalb County Health Department announced that it is now scheduling appointments for the third doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, as well as booster doses for all three available vaccines.

To be eligible to receive a third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, you must have your initial series of vaccine doses completed at least 28 days in advance. It is recommended that people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised receive a third dose of their vaccine.

Booster shots for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are also available to those who are at least six months out from their initial series of vaccine doses. The IDPH recommends that those 65 years and older receive a booster shot. People aged 18 years or older that live in long-term care settings, have underlying medical conditions and/or work or live in a high-risk setting are also advised to receive a booster dose.

For booster shots for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, recipients must wait at least two months after receiving the initial dose. The IDPH recommends that individuals 18 and older who were vaccinated two or more months ago receive a booster.

Individuals eligible for the booster dose or a third dose can find vaccine providers by visiting Vaccines.gov and entering their zip code. CVS Pharmacy, Walmart, Jewel-Osco, Hy-Vee Pharmacy and Walgreen are all currently accepting appointments.