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Allen County heath officials say they’re ready for increased booster demand

Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 5:42 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signed-off on COVID-19 booster shots for all adults in the U.S. on Friday.

Allen County Health Department Administrator Mindy Waldron says her team is prepared to give more booster doses.

“We’re always ready, pretty much at the drop of a hat to flip that switch and be able to give those vaccines,” Waldron said. “We already have them, so it’s pretty much just about appointment times.”

Just weeks ago. federal health leaders approved smaller doses of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11. Just before that, boosters were approved for Americans over 65 years old, and for those whose health is compromised.

“Initially when boosters in each type were approved, we had busy weeks those weeks,” Waldron said. “So we do sort of anticipate that once this age group is approved that we’ll probably have another couple weeks of some lines.”

Waldron said her biggest concern now is another holiday surge.

“We’ve had quite a few cases recently,” Waldron said. “So we don’t want to see that continue because that just leads to other things. We just continue to advise the same things that we have.”

You can get more vaccine information by calling 211. You can also schedule your appointment at ourshot.in.gov.

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