COVID-19 Boosters Available

Floyd Valley Healthcare is now scheduling Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters after the CDC endorsed an ACIP approval of the FDA’s expansion of the COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Use Authorizations. The FDA and ACIP reviewed data showing both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to be safe and effective in boosting antibody response to COVID-19.

The following are their recommendations and local scheduling information:

Johnson & Johnson

  • Single booster dose of the Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine should be administered at least 2 months after completion of the single-dose primary regimen to individuals 18 years of age and older.
  • Appointments are required through Floyd Valley Community Health. Please call (712) 546-3335. Please bring your vaccination card.

Moderna

  • Single booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine should be administered at least 6 months after completion of the primary series to individuals 65 years of age and older.
  • And may be administered to individuals:
    • 18 through 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19.
    • 18 through 64 years of age with frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2.
  • Appointments are open to the general public through Floyd Valley Clinics. Please call (712) 546-8111 or your provider directly. Please bring your photo ID, insurance card(s) and vaccination card.

Upcoming Influenza / COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

  • Wednesday, November 3rd from 9:00 am-1:00 pm located inside the Floyd Valley North Entrance (appointments required)
  • Friday, November 5th from 8:30-11:30 am at the Remsen Clinic (appointments required)

Pfizer

  • Received approval in September
  • Single booster dose of Pfizer (Comirnaty) at least 6 calendar months after completing the primary series – or any time after that – for:
    • Individuals 65 years of age and older.
    • Long-term care facility residents.
    • Individuals 50 to 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19 because of underlying medical conditions includes patients with cancer, cerebrovascular disease, COPD, diabetes mellitus type 1 and 2, heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies), obesity (BMI>30), pregnancy/recent pregnancy and smoking (current and former).
    • Individuals ages 18 to 49 years with underlying medical conditions based on individual benefits and risks.
    • Individuals ages 18 to 64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting, including:
      • Essential workers, front line and non-front line, such as: healthcare workers, teachers, day care staff, grocery workers and those in homeless shelters, long-term care facilities and prisons.
      • Paid and unpaid workers who interact within less than 6 feet of others.
      • Unpaid caregiver of a frail or immunocompromised person.
      • Those living in congregate settings, such as correctional facilities or homeless shelters.

Appointments are required through Floyd Valley Community Health. Please call (712) 546-3335. Please bring your vaccination card.

Mixing of Vaccines for Boosters

Individuals should try to get the same COVID-19 vaccine booster as their initial primary dose(s), but if it’s not available, it’s okay to mix vaccines. Follow the primary series/dose window. For example:

  • Pfizer primary series with Moderna booster or vice versa would be administered 6 months after primary series.
  • Pfizer primary series with Johnson & Johnson booster would be administered 6 months after primary series.
  • Johnson & Johnson primary dose with Moderna or Pfizer booster would be administered 2 months after primary series.

We continue to receive questions about the need for the COVID-19 vaccine if you’ve already had COVID-19. The answer is yes! Even if you’ve already had COVID-19, you still need a vaccine.

2020 study published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report shows that unvaccinated individuals who were previously infected with COVID-19 are still twice as likely to become infected by the Delta variant. The study concludes that all eligible individuals should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine, even if they’ve had COVID-19 before. Additionally, evidence shows that those who were both naturally infected and received vaccination have “super immunity” and much better protection.