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Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot now available in Wake County

Posted September 28, 2021 5:19 a.m. EDT
Updated September 28, 2021 12:29 p.m. EDT

Beginning Tuesday, several vaccine clinics in Wake County will administer Pfizer's booster shots for the first time.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following groups get a dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine six months after their second Pfizer dose:

  • Adults 65+
  • Residents of long-term care settings
  • People 50-64 with underlying medical conditions

Others eligible to get the Pfizer booster include people 18 and older with underlying medical conditions and people 18 and older who live or work somewhere that puts them at high risk of getting COVID-19, including prisons, homeless shelters, health facilities, schools and more.

All five of Wake County's vaccination sites are open for booster shots, but appointments are requested. People are also asked to bring their COVID-19 vaccine card to show the dates of their previous Pfizer doses.

Locations and hours include:

Wake County Human Services Center, 5809 Departure Drive, Raleigh
Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Wake County Public Health Center, 10 Sunnybrook Road, Raleigh
Monday & Friday 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday 11:45–7:15 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Wake County Northern Regional Center, 350 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest
Monday & Friday 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday 11:45–7:15 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Wake County Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd Parkway NE, Fuquay-Varina
Tuesday & Thursday11:45–7:15 p.m., Wednesday & Friday 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Wake County Eastern Regional Center, 1002 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon
Tuesday & Thursday11:45–7:15 p.m., Wednesday & Friday 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

The county will also ask you to sign up for a system to track your symptoms following the booster.

Cape Fear Valley Health will also start giving out Pfizer boosters to anyone who is eligible on Tuesday.

Other locations around our area are already giving out the booster shot to the CDC's new list of eligible people, including Walgreens, CVS and Walmart. Here's a list.

Dr. Kevin Ban, the chief marketing officer at Walgreens, said that if you are eligible to get the vaccine and its been six months since your Pfizer shot, you should get it.

"Obviously we know there's a lot of pushback, but we're still in a pretty bad situation, in terms of the Delta variant," he said.

The U.S. has only approved Moderna boosters for certain people with weakened immune systems. Johnson & Johnson booster shots are not yet available.

As soon as the FDA and the CDC gives approval for Johnson & Johnson and Moderna booster shots, Ban said they will be able to "provide and vaccinate the community."

Health officials say that even after people receive a booster shot, they should continue to wear a mask, stay six feet apart from others they don't live with and wash their hands frequently.

For more information, you can call the N.C. COVID-19 Help Line at 1-888-675-4567.

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