COVID-19 Vaccine Information
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Vaccines are now available for those ages 12 and older. Please note: If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and received convalescent plasma or antibody infusion treatment, we recommend waiting 90 days before getting the vaccine.
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New Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccine “Booster” Doses
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorizations (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for "booster" doses to be administered. You may qualify for a Pfizer booster of if you meet the following criteria:
- You have already completed the 2-dose vaccine series of Pfizer. (Not Moderna or J&J)
- Your vaccine series was completed at least 6 months ago.
- You are at least 18 years old.
The CDC issued the following recommendations to prioritize boosters by defining who "should" get a booster and who "may" get a booster:
- You SHOULD get a booster if you are:
- Age 65 or older
- Age 50-64 with underlying medical problems
- Age 18 or older living in a long-term care setting
- You MAY get a booster if you are:
- Age 18 – 49 with underlying medical problems
- Age 18–64 and at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting
These changes do NOT impact the previous guidance to allow for the use of an additional dose (third shot) of the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines in certain immunocompromised individuals. You may qualify for an additional does (3rd shot) of Moderna or Pfizer if you meet the following criteria:
- You have already completed the two-dose vaccine series of Pfizer or Moderna
- Your vaccine series was completed over 28 days ago
- You meet any of the following criteria for having a weakened immune system:
- Currently receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years
- Taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection.
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.
- Your doctor or healthcare provider has indicated that you have a weakened immune system and need the booster dose.
If you meet the criteria as specified above, you are qualified to schedule a booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. If you are unsure whether you qualify for an additional dose, please talk to your doctor or provider to see if you are qualified to receive a booster. IF YOU SCHEDULE A BOOSTER AND DO NOT MEET THE CRITERIA ABOVE, YOU WILL BE TURNED AWAY ON SITE.
Who Should Get Vaccinated?
We recommend EVERYONE over the age of 12 gets vaccinated. It is especially important for these groups who have higher risk:
Per CDC, adults of any age with the following conditions are or may be at increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:
- Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
- Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Down Syndrome
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
- Liver disease
- Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
- Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher by < 40 kg/m2)
- Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 30 kg/m2)
- Severe obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
- Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
- Sickle cell disease
- Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Vaccine Availability by Manufacturer
The Kentucky Department of Public Health (KDPH) is overseeing the COVID-19 vaccination process. Owensboro Health is currently administering the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. Johnson & Johnson vaccines may be administered based on availability. Please call 270-685-7100 (option 6) to see which vaccine is available at each location.
Please read all of this information BEFORE SCHEDULING YOUR APPOINTMENT
Do not schedule a vaccine right now if:
- If you have had a positive COVID-19 test in the last 90 days and received convalescent plasma or antibody infusion treatment.
- You have had a serious or anaphylactic reaction to any other vaccine in the past. You must talk to your doctor first.
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding (talk to your doctor first).
- You have had any other vaccination in the past 14 days, including a flu shot.
After you schedule your appointment:
- You will receive a confirmation email, text and/or MyChart message. Please check your email for appointment confirmation.
- Log into MyChart to complete eCheck-in prior to arriving for your appointment.
- Plan to bring your insurance card(s) and an ID to your appointment.
- Also, bring your work schedule/calendar with you, as you will schedule your second vaccination while at this appointment.
- You will be at your appointment for about 30-45 minutes. Plan to wait at least 15 minutes on site after receiving your vaccine.
- If you need to reschedule, call 270-685-7100 and choose option 6 (Owensboro locations only).
Who pays for the vaccine?
- The federal government is covering the cost of the vaccine itself, but healthcare providers are charging a fee (between $20-$30) for administering the vaccine.
- Please bring your insurance card so your insurance company can be billed. If you do not have insurance, the federal government will cover the cost of vaccine administration.
- No costs are passed on to individuals. You will NOT be charged or asked to pay anything out of pocket.
Questions about the vaccine?