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COVID booster shots begin in Clark County

Medical employees deal with a syringe as Romania begins administering the third dose booster Pfizer vaccine on the Matei Bals hospital in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. Romania reported 11049 new COVID-19 infections in the previous 24 hour interval, the best ever every day quantity for the reason that begin of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — An further layer of safety in opposition to COVID-19 is now being supplied for hundreds of sufferers in Southern Nevada, with booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine accessible for the primary time Tuesday.

The shots are first accessible to these 65 and older or these in long-term care facilities, historically two of the best threat teams for severe instances of COVID-19.

Those underneath 65 with underlying well being circumstances are additionally eligible. People in the 18-49 age group with underlying circumstances are suggested to speak to a physician first.

Patients don’t want an appointment for a booster. They can stroll into any clinic offered by the Southern Nevada Health District.

In order to get the Pfizer booster shot, it have to be not less than six months since your second Pfizer COVID shot.

The Health District reminds sufferers there’s a distinction between a 3rd shot and a booster, which has to do with timing. A 3rd shot needs to be given to immunocompromised people 28 days after a second shot. A booster, nonetheless, is offered as a complement months after the unique doses.

“Those additional doses are for those people whose immune systems don’t work very well,” mentioned Joann Rupiper, chief administrative nurse for Southern Nevada Health District.

Esperanza Gomez is in remission from breast most cancers. She obtained her booster shot as quickly because it was accessible.

“I don’t want to get sick,” mentioned Gomez. “I’m still fighting with my cancer one more year, so what if I got COVID if I didn’t get the booster? Maybe I don’t need it but it doesn’t hurt me if I got it.”

Gomez mentioned the method was fast and easy.

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