In accordance with new recommendations from the FDA and the CDC, the Knox County Health Department will offer booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine to those who qualify beginning Monday, September 27.
Per the CDC, people must meet the following qualifications to receive a booster dose:
- Previously received the Pfizer vaccine series at least six months prior
AND fall into one of the categories below:
- individuals 65 and older; or
- residents in long-term care settings age 18 years and older; or
- individuals 18-64 years old with underlying medical conditions; or
- individuals 18-64 years old who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure due to where they work or live (ex: health care worker, teacher, first responder, worker/resident in congregate setting)
Those who are eligible may schedule an appointment to receive their booster dose of Pfizer by calling the KCHD Public Information Line at 865-215-5555. Individuals need to bring their vaccination cards to their appointment to ensure they have previously received the Pfizer vaccine. If individuals do not have their vaccination card, team members will look up their vaccination records prior to administering the booster dose.
If people have questions about receiving the booster dose, KCHD recommends they speak with their primary care provider as they will be most familiar with their medical history.