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COVID-19 Booster Vaccines are Available at Bladen Health Department

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Bladen COVID-19 cases have decreased over the past nine days, and the number of vaccinated continues to increase. While the vaccinated numbers are not what the health officials hoped for, they continue to remind the public vaccines are available.

Dr. Teresa Duncan, Bladen Health and Human Service Director, announced today, in addition to first doses, second doses, third doses, Bladen County Health Department offers booster vaccines!

For an appointment, call the Bladen County Health Dept hotline: 910-872-6291

The CDC recommends:

• people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series

• people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series

• people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and

• people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

While vaccines provide the best protection from COVID-19, treatment options such as monoclonal antibodies are available if you have had symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days or less or have been exposed to COVID-19. If taken early, they can reduce the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death. Ask your doctor about monoclonal antibodies or call the Combat COVID Monoclonal Antibodies Call Center at 1-877-332-6585 (English) or 1-877-366-0310 (Spanish).

According to the health department’s daily updates, the Bladen County COVID-19 percent positive decreased from 9.2% on September 24 to 8.7% today. View the full report below.

The Flu Shot is also available at the health department. Insurance is accepted—Call 910-862-6900 for an appointment. The health department is located at 300 Mercer Mill Road in Elizabethtown, NC.