The following is a press release issued by the County of Mendocino:
Mendocino County is opening up COVID-19 boosters to all adults 18 years and older. No adult who seeks to strengthen their immune systems in advance of the holiday season will be turned away under the new guidelines.
Everyone who received the two-shot Pfizer or Moderna vaccine may now get a booster as long as at least six months have passed since their second dose. Expanding booster eligibility aligns Mendocino County with California Department of Public Health guidance this week, stating patients can self-determine their risk of COVID-19 exposure. Previously, only certain categories of higher-risk individuals were eligible for boosters under state guidelines.
All recipients of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine should also get a booster two months after their previous dose, a criteria that remains the same.
Anyone in a higher-risk group – including seniors 65 and older, people with underlying medical conditions, people who work in high-risk settings and all Johnson & Johnson recipients – is especially urged to get a booster as soon as possible.
“We are expanding eligibility for COVID-19 boosters because we want to avoid the holiday surge in cases that happened last year,” said Dr. Andy Coren, Mendocino County’s Health Officer. “We are already seeing an increase in cases, which could put more vulnerable people in the hospital, even if they are fully vaccinated. We have been stressing that boosters are essential for higher-risk individuals, but now it’s clear that we need many more people to receive a booster dose to slow the spread of the virus. Getting a booster will help protect you, your family, your friends and our community.”
People should seek appointments at their primary care providers and at pharmacies. Vaccines are also available at the county’s fixed and pop-up clinics: COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Schedule
As of November 15th, more than 10,000 residents have received a booster in Mendocino County since they were authorized in September. The county will continue to prioritize first doses for the 27 percent of our eligible population who are not fully vaccinated. For more information, including the latest vaccine numbers, who’s eligible for a vaccine and how to receive a vaccine, visit www.mendocinocounty.org/covid19 , or call 707-472-2759.