Wisconsin Department of Health Services approves Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine booster shots
MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced Monday it’s in support of recent federal guidance that recommends certain groups get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot.
Updated guidance from DHS says people 65 and older, nursing home residents, and people 50 and older should get a booster of Pfizer’s vaccine at least six months after their second dose. The guidance adds that people 18 and older with underlying medical conditions and who are at increased risk for exposure to the virus can get a booster shot six months after their second.
“Our nation’s leading medical experts reviewed the available data and recommended COVID-19 vaccine booster doses be provided to some people who have received the Pfizer vaccine,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “Booster doses are another tool at our disposal to stop the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant and slow the spread of COVID-19 in communities throughout Wisconsin.”
The guidance on booster shots only applies to people who have gotten Pfizer’s vaccine. Booster shots have not been approved for people who got Moderna’s or Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine. More data on booster shots for those vaccines is expected soon, DHS officials said.
This is a developing story that will be updated.
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