WI DHS Recommends Booster Shot for Some

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recently recommended that certain populations with increased risks for COVID-19 receive a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months after having received their 2nd dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Those populations that should receive a booster shot in order to strengthen their immunity include those aged 65 and older, all residents in long-term care, and those aged 50 to 64 with certain underlying conditions such as cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic lung disease, dementia & neurological conditions, type 1 or type 2 diabetes, down syndrome, current or former smokers, those with heart condtions, among others. The Wisconsin DHS also recommends that the following populations may receive a booster Pfizer dose considering their individual risks and benefits: those aged 18 to 49 with certain underlying mediacl conditions, those aged 18 to 64 at increased risk for covid exposure and transmission because of their job settings, those jobs including first responders, education staff, food and agricutlure workers, manufacturing workers, corrections workers, USPS workers, public transit workers, grocery story workers, and others. At this time, the Pfizer booster authorization only applies to those whose primary COVID vaccination series was the Pfizer vaccine.

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