Dawn Caldarulo, a nurse at Virtua Health in Voorhees, New Jersey, said she signed up as soon as she learned that the booster shots were approved for healthcare workers.
“I wanted to know how fast I can get it,” Caldarulo said.
Caldarulo specializes in wound and ostomy care, but has cared for many COVID-19 positive patients.
“The reason I wanted to get the encore right away was because I never wanted to live or see what we saw in the past 18 months. I thought I could do something about it. of good and being an advocate to show others that I got it, ”Caldarulo said.
This week, Virtua Health began giving reminders to system health workers after the CDC gave the green light for a third injection of Pfizer for certain populations.
Anyone over 65, people with an underlying health condition over the age of 18, high-risk essential workers, and long-term care residents are eligible to receive a Pfizer booster six months after their second dose.
Third doses of Pfizer or Moderna were approved last month for anyone with weakened immune systems 28 days after their second injection.
In New Jersey, health officials say 1.1 million people are now eligible for a Pfizer vaccine booster.
Philadelphia health officials say about 10,800 people in Philadelphia received a third dose of the vaccine, and nearly 1,000 of those doses were given this weekend as booster doses.
City officials expect that number to increase, as some vendors are still reporting it.
While doctors say this is an exciting step, they are more concerned about people who are not vaccinated.
“There are people who have no protection. And having them plan to get vaccinated, to be less vulnerable – that’s where we really need to go,” said Dr Angela Skrzynski, doctor at Virtua Health.
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Johnson & Johnson and Moderna are expected to present data on boosters to the FDA and CDC in the coming weeks. The booster proposed by Moderna would be half a dose.
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