Boost Dose Update
October 22, 2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendation for a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in certain populations.
CDC recommends the booster dose for individuals who have received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in the following groups at 6 months or more after their initial series:
- People 65 years and older
- People aged 18+ who live in long-term care settings
- People aged 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
- People aged 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
For the individuals that received the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, a booster dose is also recommended for those who are 18 and older who were vaccinated 2 months or more ago.
It is also recognized that some people may not prefer the vaccine type they originally received and may prefer to receive a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.
Boost doses are available for those eligible at the COVID-19 Vaccine Center at 8 Mall Road.
Walk-ins Available at the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
Additional Dose for Immune Compromised Individuals
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ has provided an interim recommendation to use an additional dose of Pfizer for those 12 and older, or Moderna for those 18 and older, who are severely immunocompromised. This does not apply to those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
While immunocompromised individuals do not need a prescription, or proof of their condition to get a third dose, individuals are encouraged to talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.
The additional mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose should be the same vaccine product as the initial 2-dose primary vaccine series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna).
The specific list of eligible conditions includes:
- Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
- Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
- Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
- Moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency (examples including DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., ≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory
For questions related to eligibility, please contact your health care provider. For questions related to vaccine availability, contact our COVID-19 hotline at (304) 526-3383.
The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Having Cabell County residents vaccinated against COVID-19 is a critical tool in helping us get back to being able to enjoy the things we did prior to the pandemic.
Our current goal is to see 70%+ of Cabell County residents vaccinated against COVID-19.
Currently, 64% of those eligible for vaccine in Cabell County have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
*Those 12 years of age and older are eligible at this time.
Where can I get a COVID-19 Vaccine?
COVID-19 Vaccine Center
8 Mall Road (Storefront next to Best Buy)
Barboursville, WV 25504
Tues, Wed, Fri: 8 am – 4 pm
Thursday: 8 am – 8 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 12 pm
Walk-ins are welcome for both first and second doses.
A.D. Lewis Center Vaccine Clinic
A.D. Lewis Community Center
1450 A D Lewis Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701
Tuesday: 9 am – 1 pm
Ages 18 & older. No appointment needed.
For additional vaccine availability contact our partners at:
Mountain Health Network
Valley Health Systems
Cabell County Vaccine Information
- No appointment is needed at either the Vaccine Center or Vaccine Drive Through.
- The Pfizer vaccine is now available to those 12 years of age and older.
- Parental authorization is required for those under the age of 18.
- Pfizer and Moderna are available at both vaccination clinics.
- Johnson and Johnson’s Janssen vaccine is only available at the COVID-19 Vaccine Center.
You can find additional vaccine locations at vaccines.gov.
When you’ve been fully vaccinated:
If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
- Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may NOT be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. Talk to your healthcare provider. Even after vaccination, you may need to continue taking all precautions.
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ’s
Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 Vaccines.
Are the COVID-19 Vaccines safe?
Yes! Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines, since they were authorized for emergency use by FDA. These vaccines have undergone and will continue to undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe.
What if I don't have transportation to a vaccine clinic?
The Cabell-Huntington Health Department has partnered with Tri-State Transit Authority to provide free transportation to and from any COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Cabell County.
This option is available on any TTA bus and Dial-A-Ride services.
For more information on TTA routes and service area, please visit www.tta-wv.com or call 304-529-RIDE (7433).
Should my child get vaccinated against COVID-19?
Everyone 12 years of age and older is now recommended to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
COVID-19 vaccination can help protect your child from getting COVID-19. Although fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, can get sick from COVID-19, and can spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to others. Getting your child vaccinated helps to protect your child and your family. Vaccination is now recommended for everyone 12 years and older. Currently, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is the only one available to children 12 years and older.
What are the most common side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine?
After getting vaccinated, you might have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. Common side effects are pain, redness, and swelling in the arm where you received the shot, as well as tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea throughout the rest of the body. These side effects could affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
How many doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will I need?
The number of doses needed depends on which vaccine you receive. To get the most protection:
- Two Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses should be given 3 weeks (21 days) apart.
- Two Moderna vaccine doses should be given 1 month (28 days) apart.
- Johnson & Johnsons Jansen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine requires only one dose.
If you receive a vaccine that requires two doses, you should get your second shot as close to the recommended interval as possible. However, your second dose may be given up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose, if necessary.. You should not get the second dose earlier than the recommended interval.
If I've already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Learn more about why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected.
If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
Experts are still learning more about how long vaccines protect against COVID-19 in real-world conditions. CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.
How much does a COVID-19 vaccine cost?
The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.
COVID-19 vaccination providers cannot:
- Charge you for the vaccine
- Charge you directly for any administration fees, copays, or coinsurance
- Deny vaccination to anyone who does not have health insurance coverage, is underinsured, or is out of network
- Charge an office visit or other fee to the recipient if the only service provided is a COVID-19 vaccination
- Require additional services in order for a person to receive a COVID-19 vaccine; however, additional healthcare services can be provided at the same time and billed as appropriate
If I currently have COVID-19, should I get vaccinated?
No. People with COVID-19 who have symptoms should wait to be vaccinated until they have recovered from their illness and have met the criteria for discontinuing isolation; those without symptoms should also wait until they meet the criteria before getting vaccinated. This guidance also applies to people who get COVID-19 before getting their second dose of vaccine.
How likely are long-term health side effects?
Serious side effects that could cause a long-term health problem are extremely unlikely following any vaccination, including COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccine monitoring has historically shown that side effects generally happen within six weeks of receiving a vaccine dose. For this reason, the FDA required each of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines to be studied for at least two months (eight weeks) after the final dose. Millions of people have received COVID-19 vaccines, and no long-term side effects have been detected.
CDC continues to closely monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. If scientists find a connection between a safety issue and a vaccine, FDA and the vaccine manufacturer will work toward an appropriate solution to address the specific safety concern (for example, a problem with a specific lot, a manufacturing issue, or the vaccine itself).
Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I would like to have a baby one day?
Yes. If you are trying to become pregnant now or want to get pregnant in the future, you may get a COVID-19 vaccine when one is available to you.
There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination causes any problems with pregnancy, including the development of the placenta. In addition, there is no evidence that fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines.
Like all vaccines, scientists are studying COVID-19 vaccines carefully for side effects now and will continue to study them for many years.
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
The Pediatric Healthcare Professionals COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkit provides materials to help healthcare providers give parents clear and accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines. The toolkit includes answers to common questions, an explanation of how mRNA vaccines work, and printable materials to give to parents.
Toolkit for Community-Based Organizations
The Community-Based Organizations COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit has been updated to include information and resources on COVID-19 vaccination for adolescents aged 12 and older.
Special thanks to our community partners who have assisted our vaccination efforts:
- Cabell County Board of Education
- Cabell County EMS
- Cabell County Emergency Management
- Cabell Huntington Hospital
- Marshall Health
- Marshall University
- Marshall University School of Medicine
- Marshall University School of Nursing
- Marshall University School of Pharmacy
- Mountain Health Network
- St. Mary’s Medical Center
- Valley Health Systems
- Wayne County Health Department