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APH, Austin clinics begin administering all COVID boosters per CDC announcement

Austin Public Health and local CVS and Walgreens locations will begin distributing all of the approved COVID booster shots as soon as Friday.

Austin Public Health and other clinics around Austin are now providing booster shots for all three vaccines, including Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, to fully vaccinated individuals after both Pfizer and J & J were approved by the CDC on Wednesday.

APH and Austin clinics, which were already administering the approved Pfizer booster, will begin distributing shots as soon as Friday.

Those who received the second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine more than six months ago are elligble to receive a booster if they are over 65 or if they are over 18 and:

  • Live in a long-term care environment
  • Have underlying medical conditions
  • Work or live in high-risk settings, such as schools, hospitals or correctional facilities
Those who took the Johnson & Johnson shot are eligible if they are over 18 and received their dose over two months ago.

Austin-Travis County Health Authority Dr. Desmar Walkes said in a media Q&A Friday that APH is encouraging boosters just as much as they have urged residents to get their first and second doses.

"Boosters are incredibly important to keeping our community protected and hospitalizations low," Walkes said. "If we can stay on top of our vaccinations, we provide protections for our most vulnerable and make it that much harder for COVID to spread in our community."

Eligible residents are free to choose the same booster as their first doses or "mix and match," per the CDC announcement.

Those looking for another dose can simply bring their vaccination card to APH centers or the dozens of Walgreens and CVS locations in the metro, which began administering doses Friday.

Additional updated guidance from the CDC allows for all eligible individuals to choose which vaccine they receive as a "mix-and-match" booster dose. It is advised to remember to bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Card showing the original doses with you when going for booster shots.


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