Wayne County, Mich. - On Monday, the Wayne County Health Department will begin administering Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to immunocompromised residents. Boosters are available at no cost to eligible residents at all Wayne County-sponsored vaccine sites, Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans announced today.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended an additional vaccine dose for people with moderately-to-severely compromised immune systems, as they are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 because they may not build the same level of immunity as others. A COVID-19 booster vaccine may help increase the effectiveness of previous COVID-19 vaccine doses, consequently helping to prevent serious illness, hospitalizations, and death among people with compromised immune systems.
"Boosters for immunocompromised residents are another safe and effective tool to help our residents stay safe from COVID-19," Executive Evans said. "The best way to end this pandemic is for all eligible residents to get vaccinated and wear masks in public indoor spaces. Both actions are proven ways to slow the spread of COVID-19."
Immunocompromised individuals seeking a booster should wait at least 28 days after receiving their second vaccine dose before obtaining a third shot. Individuals should get a booster dose of the same vaccine as their previous vaccination. Boosters for the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine are not approved at this time.
"We encourage residents to consult their doctor or other medical provider about whether they should receive a booster," said Melita Jordan, Director of the Wayne County Department of Health, Human and Veterans Services. "This booster will help protect immunocompromised individuals from the virus especially as the more contagious Delta variant continues to spread."
Booster vaccines for moderate-to-serious immunocompromised individuals are available at the following locations:
Booster vaccines are also available at many Wayne County health providers, local pharmacies, and major grocery chain stores by appointment and walk-up.
Walk-in vaccinations are available to residents at Wayne County clinics for both initial shots and boosters. Appointments as well as arrangements for in-home booster for homebound residents can be made by calling 1-866-610-3885.