Pfizer coronavirus booster shots now available in Inland Empire – Press Enterprise

Inland Empire residents 65 years and older, those with underlying medical conditions and those who are severely immunocompromised, can now receive the Pfizer coronavirus booster shot, officials said Monday, Sept. 26.

Last week’s Pfizer booster dose approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — and the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — paved the way for Riverside and San Bernardino counties to follow suit.

Los Angeles County also began administering the third Pfizer dose to eligible residents Friday, Sept. 24.

Only the Pfizer vaccine has so far been approved for wider booster distribution. The CDC does not recommend mixing brands of vaccine, officials said, so only eligible people who received the Pfizer vaccine should currently seek another shot.

The Pfizer booster rollout began Friday in San Bernardino and LA counties’ clinics, private pharmacies and health care providers. It started Saturday, Sept. 25, in Riverside County.

Those in Riverside, San Bernardino and LA counties who have received their initial two doses of Pfizer are eligible for the booster if they qualify. Under the current guidelines, to qualify one must be:

  • 65 years and older
  • A resident of a long-term care facility
  • Ages 18 to 64 years old with underlying medical conditions or who are at high risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of where they work.

In Riverside County, booster appointments are encouraged, but not required, for those eligible, county public health spokesperson Jose Arballo Jr. said.

Eligible Riverside County residents can make an appointment at https://myturn.ca.gov/ or call 951-358-5000.

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It’s recommended that eligible San Bernardino County residents make an appointment online, as demand is expected to be high, county spokesperson David Wert said. The website is sbcovid19.com.

Officials said they don’t know how demand for the booster shots has been so far.

The Moderna booster has only been authorized as a third dose for those who are severely immunocompromised, a San Bernardino County news release said. There is no booster vaccine authorization for those with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.


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