Centers in Puerto Rico Can Now Administer the Second “Booster” Against COVID-19 – NBC Puerto Rico

The Department of Health reported that, as of today, Wednesday, adults over 50 years of age are eligible to receive a second booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The second Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna booster vaccine can be administered four months after the first, it was indicated in a press release.

The immunization process occurs after receiving authorization from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Meanwhile, any patient over 12 years of age with a weakened immune system can also receive a fifth dose against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

“Vaccines continue to offer a high degree of protection, we cannot relax in the face of a virus that continues to evolve and is still in the community. Today we find a positivity rate of 6.9 percent and we must continue to safeguard the health of all citizens in Puerto Rico. We are continuing our vaccination efforts and our providers are ready to administer the second booster. The vaccine has shown to improve protection, especially in this period where the omicron variant has been more transmissible,” said the Secretary of the Department of Health (DS), Carlos Mellado López.

According to data from the DS Vaccination Program, at the moment the Island only has 59.4 percent achieved with the booster dose. Therefore, vaccination activities have not ceased to reach the 40.6 percent who have not yet been vaccinated with the booster.

Puerto Rico, however, maintains first place in the American nation for total doses of vaccines per 100,000 inhabitants.

According to the doctor, all people between 12 and 17 years old with certain types of immunosuppression can also receive the second booster with the Pfizer vaccine, which is the vaccine approved for this age. However, immunocompromised persons 18 years of age and anyone over 50 years of age may receive the second booster, with the Pfier or Moderna vaccine, as long as four months have passed since receiving the last dose of the vaccine.

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On the other hand, it clarified that people who were vaccinated with a dose of Janssen and received a Janssen booster can receive a second booster using an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) at least four months after the first booster.

For more information, you can call 787-522-3985 and request the vaccine at your residence or visit your nearest vaccination center.

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