Pediatric COVID vaccine now in Murray, adults eligible for boosters | Local News

MURRAY – As all adults in Kentucky became eligible for booster shots this week, COVID-19 vaccines are now also available in Murray for anyone 5 years and older.

According to the Associated Press, the Food and Drug Administration approved pediatric doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for emergency use in late October. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advisory committee on immunization practices met the following week and voted unanimously to support the use of the vaccine for children of that age group, NPR reported.

While the Calloway County Health Department currently has no plans to self-administer the vaccine, Director of Public Health Jamie Hughes and Director of Nursing Joe Crawford encourage parents and families to check to see where the vaccine is available locally. is. The website allows users to enter their zip code and search for vaccines within a 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 or 100 mile radius. People can search by Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, or Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, or all of the above, as well as different age categories.

As of Thursday, the Pfizer vaccine was available for children ages 5-11 at the Murray Walmart and Murray Pediatrics. Murray-Calloway County Hospital CEO Jerry Penner said Thursday afternoon that the vaccine had only just arrived, so Murray Pediatrics was just beginning to schedule appointments.

The pediatric vaccine is also available at Walmart’s locations in Benton, Mayfield and Paducah, as well as those in Paris, Tennessee. It is also offered at the Graves County Health Department, the Henry County (Tennessee) Health Department, and Strawberry Hills Pharmacy and Sam’s Club in Paducah.

In Murray, said the Moderna adult vaccine is available from the health department, Kroger, Walgreens and Walter’s Family Pharmacy. Walmart has both the Moderna vaccine for adults and Pfizer for anyone ages 5 and older. The J&J vaccine appears to be out of stock all over the city.

Every adult in the state is now also eligible to receive a booster shot, which many doctors have recommended because studies have shown that the vaccines’ effectiveness decreases over time. Governor Andy Beshear signed an executive order on Wednesday that any person 18 years and older living or working in the Commonwealth is eligible to receive a COVID-19 virus six months after their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or two months after that. 19 vaccination booster to get. a single-dose J&J vaccine. In a press release, Beshear said the state has seen declines in the number of cases and the test positivity rate for many weeks, but the numbers have recently begun to stabilize or even rise slightly.

“We are entering the great holiday season with Thanksgiving, Christmas and other gatherings, which unfortunately are particularly risky for the spread of COVID-19,” Beshear said. “That’s why it’s more important than ever that we get people vaccinated and give people their boosters to take their immunity to the highest level, because that immunity wanes over time.”

As of Wednesday, citing CDC guidelines, the state had restricted Moderna and Pfizer booster shots to Kentuckians age 65 and older or those with significant underlying conditions or jobs that expose them to many people. Beshear said he was concerned about Kentucky’s trajectory because of the number of cases in Europe. The state press release said more than 437,000 Kentuckians had been boosted as of Wednesday.

“People, you guys really need to get vaccinated and get this booster, and now it should be pretty easy,” Beshear said. “It will make you much safer in the coming months.”

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