Nov 16, 2021 - COVID

Over 18? You can get a COVID-19 booster shot in Philly

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If you're over 18 and looking to get a COVID-19 booster shot, head to one of Philadelphia's city-run clinics.

State of play: The city says it recommends booster shots for those who completed Pfizer or Moderna's vaccine series based on CDC guidance.

  • The federal rules outline eligibility for the elderly, immunocompromised and those who live in long-term care facilities or work high-risk jobs.

Yes, but: City clinics aren't requiring proof of eligibility.

Of note: All adults who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can get a booster two months after getting their first and only shot, according to federal guidelines.

What they're saying: "Because there is no shortage of booster doses of vaccine, we are not concerned if someone who might not be eligible gets a booster," spokesperson James Garrow of the Philadelphia Health Department told Axios.

  • "We hope they take that opportunity to recommend other folks in their life get a booster dose as well," Garrow added.

Between the lines: The city has administered more than 100,000 booster shots since Aug. 13.

  • COVID-19 transmission in Philadelphia County is currently high, per the New York Times.

What to watch: Pfizer and BioNTech asked the Food and Drug Administration last week to expand authorization of their COVID-19 boosters to all adults.


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