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Eligible for a second booster? Employee Health has them

The CDC now recommends that adults 50 and older, and anyone with a compromised immune system get an mRNA booster shot.

As the evidence mounts that booster vaccines help prevent or lessen the severity of COVID-19, the CDC recently updated its vaccination guidelines. People age 50 or older, or those who are immunocompromised, are eligible to receive another mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer/Comirnaty) four months after their last booster. Those who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and booster at least four months ago may get the mRNA shot for their second booster.

Asante Employee Health is offering the Pfizer/Comirnaty booster to any employee who is eligible under the updated guidelines. A booster is not required under Asante’s employee vaccination policy.

Research from the recent omicron surge found that those who were boosted were 21 times less likely to die from COVID-19 compared with those who were unvaccinated, and seven times less likely to be hospitalized, according to the CDC.

To schedule an appointment with Employee Health for the Pfizer/Comirnaty vaccine booster, call (541) 789-5008. Asante Employee Health is located in the Black Oak outpatient buildings at 2630 E. Barnett Road, Suite A in Medford. Boosters are also available at Asante primary care clinics.

You can also get vaccines for free elsewhere in the community. To find a location near you, search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829 or call (800) 232-0233.

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