COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Update: September 20, 2021

PER CDC AND FDA GUIDELINES, MODERNA COVID-19 VACCINE BOOSTERS SHOULD NOT BE ADMINISTERED TO EVERYONE AT THIS TIME.

Moderna may be administered to ONLY the following groups

  • People who need a first or second dose of Moderna Vaccine
  • People who are immunocompromised
  • People who are on chemotherapy
  • People who are on high dose steroids

Moderna has been found to have a longer efficacy period than other vaccines, so recipients may be protected for a longer period than those who received other vaccines. If you have scheduled an appointment with Barney’s to receive a booster dose of Moderna and do not meet one of the above criteria, please cancel that appointment. Barney’s will post updates once we receive guidance from the ACIP about how to proceed.

JANSSEN COVID-19 BOOSTERS SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE AT THIS TIME.

On Friday September 18th, the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee to the FDA (VRBPAC) met to discuss recommendations for booster shots for the COVID-19 vaccine. The VRBPAC only discussed the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. The recommendations from this meeting are not active until agreed upon by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The ACIP will meet this week to discuss both Pfizer and Moderna. Pharmacies cannot move forward on any recommendations until they are approved by the ACIP, therefore, nothing has changed regarding who we are allowed to vaccinate at this time.

We do not offer Pfizer-BioNTech at our Barney’s Family of Pharmacies but understand that many of our patients may have received the Pfizer Vaccine. Here is the latest information regarding that vaccine. COVID-19 VACCINE BOOSTERS SHOULD NOT BE ADMINISTERED TO EVERYONE AT THIS TIME.

Per VRBPAC recommendations, Pfizer-BioNTech may be administered to ONLY the following groups:

  • People over the age of 65
  • People with conditions that put them at “high risk” for severe covid complications
  • People with a job that puts them at high risk for COVID exposure (healthcare, first responders, other high risk jobs)

It is important to note that the recommendations are only applicable to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and will not take effect until agreed upon by the ACIP.

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