News from the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners
Shanel Y. Robinson, Commissioner Director | Sara Sooy, Commissioner Deputy Director
Melonie Marano, Commissioner | Paul Drake, Commissioner | Doug Singleterry, Commissioner
November 22, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Somerset County is Offering Moderna, Pfizer Booster Doses
To all Eligible Individuals Age 18+
The Somerset County Department of Health is now administering Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shots to all eligible individuals age 18 and older at its vaccination clinics.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently approved booster doses for all individuals 18 years or older who have received their primary series of Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines at least six months ago, or at least two months after receiving the primary vaccination of the Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine.
Eligible individuals must bring proof of vaccination and Somerset County residency to receive a Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, or Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 booster dose. All Somerset County COVID-19 vaccination clinics are listed at www.co.somerset.nj.us/health.
COVID-19 vaccines continue to be highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death due to COVID-19, even against known variants such as the Delta variant. Booster doses are recommended to provide additional protection.
Celebrating holidays is an important tradition for families. The CDC recommends the best way to keep your family and friends safe, and minimize COVID-19 risk, is to get vaccinated if you are eligible. Enjoy holiday traditions and celebrations by protecting your health and that of your loved ones with the following tips:
- Get vaccinated or get a booster dose if eligible.
- Stay home if you feel sick.
- Wear a mask in crowded indoor areas or around individuals at high risk.
- Celebrate with family and friends who are fully vaccinated.
- Move the party outdoors when possible.
- Consider getting a COVID-19 test if you have symptoms or had a close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
If you plan to travel during the holidays, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html for the most up-to-date information.
Since information on COVID-19 is being regularly updated, it is important to stay informed through reliable resources. Follow public health experts such as the CDC at http://www.cdc.gov, the New Jersey Department of Health at http://www.nj.gov/health and the Somerset County Department of Health at http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/health.
The Somerset County Department of Health (SCDOH) is the lead agency for public health emergency preparedness and response in Somerset County. Funding for these activities is provided by the CDC’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement through the New Jersey Department of Health.
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