COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE
Tuesday- August 24, 2021
Vaccination Site and Booster Shots
Please be aware that the vaccinations that will take place on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Wells Recreation Center – 2409 Avenue H West, Riviera Beach, FL, 33409, is not operated by the City of Riviera Beach, but by the Palm Beach County Health Department.
Booster shots/third shots are currently available for individuals with weakened immune systems. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends it for the moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals who:
- Have been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
- Have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
- Have advanced or untreated HIV infection.
- Have active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.
The CDC recommends that you get the same vaccine you got for your first two doses. So if you received the first two doses of Pfize r or Moderna, then get that one for your third shot. But if that is not feasible, the CDC committee said an additional dose with the other mRNA vaccine is permitted.
Currently only the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines are authorized for an additional dose. If you got the J&J, you still are not eligible.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the following statement on the Administration's plan for COVID-19 booster shots for the remaining population.
"We have developed a plan to begin offering these booster shots this fall subject to FDA conducting an independent evaluation and determination of the safety and effectiveness of a third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines.We are prepared to offer booster shots for all Americans beginning the week of September 20 and starting 8 months after an individual's second dose. It is anticipated the booster will be needed for those who received the J&J Vaccine, but at this time it is unknown when that will be announced."
Lost or Damaged Vaccination Cards
If you have lost or damaged your vaccination cards, you can use any of the following two options that pertain to you:
- Contact the Immunization Section of the Florida Department of Health at 1-877-888-7468 or email Immunization@FLHealth.gov.
- If you were vaccinated in Palm Beach County, you could also do the following:
Florida Department of Health, Palm Beach: Replacement vaccination cards should be requested from the same agency or pharmacy that supplied the vaccine. If you got your shots through Palm Beach County’s health department, email CHD50ContactUs@flhealth.gov with the subject line “Vaccination Card” and provide your name, birth date, location, and dates of your shots.