Updated October 21, 2021
Public Health Best Practices - Get Vaccinated
COVID-19 Vaccine Booster
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDC’s recommendations are bound by what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) allows. At this time, the Pfizer-BioNTech booster authorization only applies to people whose primary series was Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
People in the recommended groups who got the Moderna or J&J/Janssen vaccine may need a booster shot. More data on the effectiveness and safety of Moderna and J&J/Janssen booster shots are expected soon. With those data in hand, CDC is expected to provide a timely plan for Moderna and J&J/Janssen booster shots soon.
Additional information regarding the Town of Weston's availability to offer Moderna booster shots to the public will be on this page when we have more information.
Booster shots are available for the following Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least six months ago and are:
- 65 years and older Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
- Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
- Age 18+ who work in high-risk settings
- Age 18+ who live in high-risk settings
Note: Individuals fully vaccinated with the Moderna or Johnson and Johnson (Jaansen) vaccine should wait for further information regarding booster doses.
FDA Approves Comirnaty
(COVID-19 Vaccine, mRNA), which was previously known as Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals 16 years of age and older.
We are in an interim phase, where Pfizer vaccine is available both by EUA (for ages 12 – 15) and approval/licensure (as noted above). Rather than the traditional Vaccine Information Statements (VIS), we now see an interim combined EUA/VIS.
FDA Authorizes Third Dose of the Vaccine
On August 12, 2021, for certain immunocompromised people. the FDA amended the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for both the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for the use of an additional dose in certain immunocompromised individuals, specifically, solid organ transplant recipients or those who are diagnosed with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise.
Other fully vaccinated individuals do not need an additional vaccine dose at this time though we anticipate information about booster doses for mRNA vaccines soon.
Pregnancy Advisory - Updated on September 29, 2021
The CDC issued an urgent health advisory to increase COVID-19 vaccination among people who are pregnant, recently pregnant (including those who are lactating), who are trying to become pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future to prevent serious illness, deaths, and adverse pregnancy outcomes.
The CDC health advisory strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination either before or during pregnancy because the benefits of vaccination for both pregnant persons and their fetus or infant outweigh known or potential risks. Additional information on the benefits of vaccination and the safety of recommended vaccines for pregnant people is available and women are encourage to discuss this with their physicians.
What you think is a summer cold or allergies could be COVID-19. Call your doctor and seek testing if you experience new symptoms. You can help stop the spread of the coronavirus, including the highly transmissible delta variant.
Find the weekly dashboard of testing and positive case numbers for Weston, updated weekly on Fridays.
Weston's vaccination data, broken out by age group and status.
Find links to mental, health, and human resources for individuals impacted by the ongoing pandemic.
Find the typical services offered by Weston's Health Department
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